It sounds like typical animated film fare, with its plot about an overly protective father and the adventurous young son. Instead the French film, The Day of the Crows, is a delightfully tender romp depicting the eternal struggles families face when children must venture into the world on their own. Adorably huge-headed Courge dares to step outside the forest in which his father, the ogre Pumpkin, has quarantined them. Courge's daring spirit eventually leads him to the town his father fled many years ago, and his first brush with young love. Think of it as a Hayao Miyazaki film, but in French and with a male lead. Jean-Christophe Dessaint's The Day of the Crows is shown at 6 p.m. today at the Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-289-4150 or www.cinemastlouis.org) as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Tickets are $10 to $12.
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013