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Boy & the World

HD   PG Closed Captioning SDH

Alê Abreu

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About the Movie

Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s Academy Award®-nominated masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color that critics proclaim is "one of the most beautiful animated features ever made." (David Noh, Film Journal International) Cuca's cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city. Determined to reunite his family, Cuca embarks on a journey that unfolds like a tapestry – the film's stunning visuals becoming more complex as his small world expands. The story of a changing world through the eyes of a curious child, Boy & the World depicts a clash between village and city, nature and industry, the rich and the poor – and despite the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song…

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's like some lost globally conscious colorfest from the 1970s, reinvented with Mr. Abreu's verve. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Dec 10, 2015

Fresh: Although the film is a bit abstract and largely free of dialogue (what little speaking there is is a whispered babble of tongues), it has a universal simplicity-we're seeing life through the wide, innocent eyes of a naif. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Feb 25, 2016

Fresh: A simple, universal parable played out in boldly imaginative (though not particularly high-tech) design terms, Brazilian animator Ale Abreu's second feature, The Boy and the World, is an enchanting visual treat. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Nov 30, 2015

Fresh: "Boy and the World" reminds viewers that an animated feature can be more intimate and personal than the big-budget CG extravaganzas produced by Hollywood studios. – Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times, Dec 10, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Phenomenally Spectacular

Without a doubt one of the best films I've even seen, animated or otherwise. It is an exhillarating experience from start to finish.

Artistic Annimation & Story Telling

Abstract plot filled with symbolism, where the main them is industrialism. Rich and engrossing, yet sad with a touch of hopefulness. Much deeper than your typical G rated animated movie.

Creative and Artistic But Lacking

This movie is very creative, and very artistic. Fantastic drawing and wonderful visualizations. A good plot and story. But something is lacking. It engages you for the first 30 minutes ... and then, after that, you just want the movie to end so that you can write a nice review.

Boy & the World
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2015

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