☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼
Armed with a simple, yet compelling, subtly nuanced story of both societal and intergenerational tolerance, The Prince's Voyage (originally, Le voyage du prince) marks a new milestone in Laguionie's five-decade-long career, welcoming the audience into an alternate, steampunk-ish world inhabited by 'simius sapiens', and providing them with the meticulously composed visuals of soft, desaturated colors gracefully complemented by Christophe Héral's elegant, mellifluous score. The connoisseurs of the 'French school' of animation will certainly find a lot to enjoy here (and be left with wanting more!), whereby the omnipresent 'Golden Age of Hollywood' vibe and a handful of classic cinema references (from Alexander Nevsky to Planet of the Apes) may act as a lure for the film buffs.
The film is playing for free on Festival Scope until August 31, 2019!