"Loyal Dog with Rough Circumstances"
What You Need To Know:
MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE is stylistically engaging. It features unique and abstract animation. Also, it presents a well-rounded point of view for each character that stresses their struggles, desires and joys. However, like many French movies, the ending is somber. MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE has a strong moral, redemptive worldview that extols sacrifice and looking out for misfits and includes a reference to Heaven. This is marred by some Romantic elements like following your dreams. Due to some violence, smoking and brief foul language, MOVIEGUIDE® urges caution for older children.
MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE is an animated French fantasy that follows a dog from birth to death as she changes owners three times. MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE is stylistically engaging with unique and abstract animation, a well-rounded point of view for each character, and a moral worldview, with some Romantic elements, as well as some violence, brief foul language and smoking warrants caution for older children.
MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE is told in one big flashback. At the start of the movie, Marona lies next to her owner Salonge on a busy street after a car hits her. Flashback to Marona’s early days. Marona wasn’t called by this name until much later. Instead her breeders called her “nine” because she was the ninth puppy in her litter.
Soon after her birth, Nine gets sold to an acrobat named Manole. Manole calls her Ana, and she helps him collect funds from onlookers on the street as he performs death-dying stunts. One day, Manole gets an offer to be a star performer in a traveling circus. He refuses because he won’t be able to take Ana. However, because of her affection for him, she leaves so he can follow his dreams.
Next, Ana meets a friendly construction worker named Istvan who takes her in and renames her Sara. Sara stays with Istvan’s elderly mother until she has a health scare that winds both her and Sara in the hospital. Sara comes to Istvan’s home but rubs his wife the wrong way. One night, dog catchers come upon Sara, and she flees the scene.
While wandering the streets and parks, Sara meets Solonge, a young girl with an adoration for this lonely and starving dog. Solange can’t keep this dog a secret from her grandpa or mother, but, reluctantly, they agree to keep her, and Sara becomes Marona. Solange grows up and tries to establish a relationship with her estranged father. Solange goes to meet her dad via bus but leaves Marona stranded in the park to do so. Marona chases her down and jumps in front of a moving car to save Solange, but this only leads to her death, which viewers got a glimpse of at the beginning of the movie.
MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE is stylistically engaging. It features unique and abstract animation. Also, it presents a well-rounded point of view for each character that stresses their struggles, desires and joys. However, like many French movies, the ending is somber and not happily-ever-after.
MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE has a strong moral, redemptive worldview that extolls sacrifice and looking out for misfits, with some elements of a Romantic worldview like following your dreams. There’s also one instance where a character almost climbs into Heaven but comes back to his body instead of dying. However, it’s up to the viewer to decipher if that was his choice or not. Due to some violence, smoking and brief foul language, MOVIEGUIDE® urges caution for older children for MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE.
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