The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Synopsis: T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years too late) and his 14 year-old sister who dreams of becoming Miss America. T.S. is a 10 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the 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 U.S.A. to reach Washington DC. There is also Layton, twin brother of T.S., who 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.
Director(s): Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Production: The Weinstein Company
  5 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

room, was the greatest thing since

quirrell trees.

I would like to speak to T.S.

Spivet, this is Miss Jibsen,

Under Secretary of the Smithsonian.

Hold on.



My father is all yours, Ms. Jibsen.

Hello, Mr. Spivet.

Yes! My dad is listening.

Could you hand him the phone please.

No! My father is mute, Ms. Jibsen.

He can hear you but can only

respond in sign language.

I will translate everything for you.

You are the T.S. Spivet

that has just invent the magnetic wheel?

One second. Father saying...

Yes, I only sent you the blueprints.

Because, I didn't

have the time to do it.

The quest for perpetual movement!

I mean, Its the Holy

Grail of inventors...

Tell me Mr. Spivet, I take

it you live in Montana?

Coppertop ranch.

112 44' 19".

45 44' 27".

These are the coordinates to my bedroom.

Wow! Clearly you have an eye for detail!

which is a reckless ad for

any great inventor.

Father is asking:

so you are the head of the Smithsonian?

Well! Technically, I'm

the Under Secretary, but,

many people would say I run the place.



Look Mr. Spivet,

your invention

has won our prestigious Baird Award.

Spencer Baird Award?


Our 150th anniversary

gala is in a week's time

and this would be perfect

oppurtunity for you to

You know Make your acceptance speech.

Of course, we would

provide you with a sign

language interpreter.


I'll be in class.

I go back to school on Monday.

You must teach at the

University of Montana?

A quick phone call to your

president, Jack Campbell,

and it will be taken care of. I mean,

We are talking about the

Baird Award after all.

Prairie of Truth

Mountain of Lies

I was just thinking.

I can't come out to

receive the Baird award.

I have too much work to finish.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (French: [ʒɑ̃ pjɛʁ ʒœnɛ]; born 3 September 1953) is a French film director and screenwriter known for the films Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection and Amélie. more…

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