Concocted by the Toulouse-based company TAT productions, Pil arrives on the big screen this Wednesday. The quest for this little vagabond who pretends to be a princess should appeal to young and old alike.
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• Once upon a time : Pil, a little orphan, lives in the streets of the city of Roc-en-Brume. With her three tame weasels, she survives by going to steal food from the castle of the sinister regent Tristain, who usurps the throne. One fine day, to escape the guards pursuing her, Pil disguises himself by putting on a princess dress. Here she is then embarked in spite of herself on a mad and delirious quest to save Roland, the heir to the throne victim of an enchantment and transformed into… chapoul (half cat, half hen). An adventure that will turn the whole kingdom upside down and teach Pil that nobility can be found in each of us.
• What they will love: First the heroine of the film, the endearing Pil and her messy hair! The mischievous little orphan will appeal to children, but also to their parents through the messages she conveys. A thief certainly, but also resourceful and cunning, she will evolve throughout the film and discover what friendship, courage and solidarity mean.
Among her qualities, we also find her extraordinary agility which allows her to roam the rooftops of Roc-en-Brume like a parkour champion. Scenes that are likely to impress children.
Then her weasels, adorable little beasts who accompany her everywhere and help her in everything she does, whether it is stealing food or saving a prince victim of an enchantment. The heir to the throne of Roc-en-Brume is in fact transformed into a chapoul… A half-cat, half-hen animal that the little ones are sure to love!
Finally, the film is full of humor, whether it is through the kind ventriloquist jester Rigolin and his sock puppet Master Crapulo, or with the misadventures of the guard with a big heart Crobar. Some jokes should even make the greatest smile, like this minstrel who sounds like a certain Francis Cabrel!
• What may worry them: Pil meets some mystical creatures on his way like a very beefy were-unicorn or a dog transformed into a dragon. The scenes in which they appear may therefore intimidate small spectators.
The character of the witch, who turns out to be a nice woman, may still worry the youngest by her appearance. The same goes for the band of inconvenient mercenaries recruited by the villainous Regent Tristain.
A nighttime streak where most of the heroes get kidnapped as everything around them catches fire and Pil is left for dead after being shot in the chest may also impress children.
• What they will keep inside: By staging a heroine first presented as an outcast, the film tackles the theme of exclusion and teaches children the importance of solidarity.
If Pil begins her quest motivated by the treasure she has been promised if she saves the prince, she will discover that there are things more important than money, especially friendship and generosity. And especially that the nobility is in each of us.
The little girl will also realize that lying is no solution and will learn from her mistake. As with the character of Crobar, young viewers will understand the importance of forgiveness. Beautiful values which, we hope, will mark them.
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