The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Produced by
  • Frédéric Brillion
  • Gilles Legrand
Screenplay by
  • Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Guillaume Laurant
Based on The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet 
by Reif Larsen
Music by Denis Sanacore
Cinematography Thomas Hardmeier
Edited by Hervé Schneid
Distributed by Gaumont
Release dates
  • 28 September 2013 (2013-09-28) (DSSIFF)
  • 16 October 2013 (2013-10-16) (France)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
  • France
  • Canada
  • Australia
Language English
Budget $33 million[2]
Box office $9.3 million[3]

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a 2013 Franco-Canadian-Australian adventure drama film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and co-written with Guillaume Laurant, based on the book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, written by Reif Larsen.[4] The film stars Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, and Kyle Catlett.[5]


T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett) is a 10-year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. He lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother (Helena Bonham Carter) who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles; his father (Callum Keith Rennie), a cowboy born a hundred years too late; and his 14-year-old sister (Niamh Wilson) who dreams of becoming Miss America. His twin brother Layton (Jakob Davies) died in an accident involving a firearm in the family's barn, which no one ever speaks of. T.S. was with him, measuring the scale of the gunshots for an experiment, and he doesn't understand what happened. One day, T.S. receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian Institution, telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his invention of a perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception in his honor where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the United States to reach Washington, D.C.



At the 39th César Awards the film won the award for Best Cinematography.[6]


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