Phantom Boy

Synopsis: A super-powered boy helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to bring down a mob kingpin.
Production: Folimage
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

Police. Don't move.

Inspector, we meet again.

Exterminator, you're under arrest.

You'll never catch me.

Wait, Leo. I don't understand.

What's an "Exterminator"?

Well, it's not good, Titi.

It means he's a bad guy.

Leo, do you have to go

to the hospital tomorrow?

Don't worry. It'll be okay.

- You'll be there for a long time?

- I don't know.

Look, Titi, I'll be honest.

It's a serious illness.

But I have a secret. Something strange

happened when I first got sick.

Something absolutely incredible.

Do you want to know my secret?

You can't tell anyone, okay?

Okay, listen up. You'll love this.

There. Your suitcase is ready, darling.

So, did you finish reading Titi her story?

Yes, I did. She's asleep.

- You're not too stressed?

- A bit.

Don't worry. I'm sure it'll be okay.

Me too. I'm sure of it.

We'll visit you every day, whenever we can.


- Titi, you're awake?

- I had a bad dream.

Come here, sweetheart.

Come in.

- Good morning, Captain.

- Have a seat.

Well, Lieutenant Tanner,

tell me what happened.

And I want all the details.

Well, I was getting groceries...

They're called vegetables.

They won't bite you.

Miss Delaney, what are you doing here?

Even journalists need to eat.

Quite the diet, Lieutenant.

Pizza and chips.

What's this, suicide by junk food?

Make fun of me all you want, but my salary

doesn't exactly allow me to eat like a king.

Yeah. Well, I call that laziness.

May I point out that my tomatoes

are cheaper than your chips?

Give me the money, quick.

Move it, granny. Hand over the dough.

- Don't hurt me, please.

- Give me the money, I said. Move it.

All right, all right, you can have it all.

- What did you do that for?

- I don't know. To be like a pro.

Did I tell you to fire in the air?

Did I say, "Roger, fire in the air?

"You'll look like a real robber?"

But, Alf, I wanted to do it properly.

Because what we're doing here isn't

a proper robbery?

Impossible. I fired in the air. You saw.

You've done some stupid things,

but this one takes the cake.

There, Miss Delaney.

Now you can take your photo.

Do you smell gas?

Everyone outside. Hurry.

Now, that's what I call a good photo.

Lieutenant Tanner, is it your mission in life

to get on my nerves?

Because if it is, well done.

You're doing a bang-up job.

It was an accident, I swear.

But with you, accidents

are a common occurrence.

The three cars that had to be scrapped:

You didn't do that on purpose.

The fire at the bank: It wasn't your fault.

This time it was an entire building

you almost destroyed.

Because of you,

I have a mountain of paperwork.

You're not a thorn in my side, Tanner,

you're a shoe made out of a cactus

that I have to put on every day.

That's why I'm putting you on port patrol.

I don't want you getting into

any more trouble.

And if you manage to somehow sink

one of the boats, you're fired.


Don't be sad, Leo.

When you're done with the medication,

it'll grow back.

Leo, are you there?

- Good evening, Doctor.

- Good evening, ma'am.

- How are you feeling this evening, Leo?

- Fine.

You've been here over a month now.

It's time to see if the medication

is working.

Tomorrow a nurse will take a blood sample

to make sure everything's fine.

- Okay?

- Okay.

I'll leave you two alone. Have a good night.

Thank you, Doctor. Goodbye.

If I understand correctly,

we'll soon find out if I'll get better.

It's natural to be worried,

but I'm sure it'll be okay.

Mom, I want to go home.

I know it's hard for you, darling,

but we don't have a choice right now.

You know we miss you too. You're very brave.

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Alain Gagnol

Alain Gagnol (born in 1967) is a French film maker. In January 2012, he was nominated for an Academy Award for the animated movie A Cat in Paris. He also directed Phantom Boy. more…

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