Jumbo (2020)

Jeanne is a withdrawn and shy woman who works in an amusement park, yet has not yet come to terms with being an adult. Has she been in love before? Does she have plans of leaving the home of her mother? And why is she so fascinated by lights and carousels?

However, she soon falls in love with a newcomer to her place of work. Spoilers on, but in case you didn’t guess, she falls in love with Jumbo, the new ride at the park.

Remember when that dude wanted to sleep with Airwolf? Yeah, that’s a real thing. Objectophilia is when you go beyond simply enjoying objects and begin to have deep attachments to them. The kind of attachment that makes you want to make love to them. I mean, if you clean a ride and it begins to make sounds and blink, obviously it is returning your affections.

This is one of those movies that asks that you make this narrative leap with the film. Can you accept the love between human and object? If so, then you’ll be rewarded by what follows. And if not, well, maybe a more traditional love story is something you should watch.

Jumbo attempts to explain why Jeanne feels the way she does. But can any of us really explain love? Why does the heart want what the heart wants, even if it’s to lick the oil of our lover off the floor and communicate in beeps and lights? Maybe those noises and colors are a closer tie than most of our inter-human coupling have anyways.

So yeah, when Jeanne’s mom Margarette wants her to find a really nice guy, maybe she didn’t consider that a Tilt-A-Whirl would be that man. Guess who’s coming to dinner? Hope you like food on a stick, I guess.

This is writer/director Zoé Wittock’s first full-length feature. I feel that this has enough ideas to work as a short, but you can’t fault that she went for it. Here’s hoping for more bright lights and beeps in her future.

You can stream Jumbo on the Arrow Player, which offers a 30 day free trial. Subscriptions are available for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on the following apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices , Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc) and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

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