“Icarus”, a labyrinthine destiny



Icarus **

by Carlo Vogele

French, Luxembourgish and Belgian animated film, 1h16

From 9 years old

Before flying away and burning his wings, Icarus lived a youth about which the texts say little. The young Luxembourg director therefore wanted to tell it to young audiences. Icare may be the son of the great architect Dédale, but he loves to play, like all children in the world. In Crete, an island blessed by the gods, there is no shortage of space to have fun, pushing the limits of its playing space to the palace of King Minos, in Knossos.

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He discovers that a strange young boy is locked up there in a secret place. Asterion, illegitimate and unwanted son of Queen Pasiphae and a bull sent by Poseidon, has the head of his progenitor. Hated by Minos, the future Minotaur is the victim of mistreatment. His fate is heartbreaking as he is subjected to loneliness and abuse (which fortunately remain offscreen). Sensitive and gifted with telepathy, Asterion befriends Icarus during their clandestine meetings.

Ingredients of a universal tale

To get rid of his cumbersome offspring, Minos asks Daedalus to design the famous labyrinthine prison of legend where young Athenians are then sacrificed each year. Icarus then seeks to save his comrade from this fearsome jail and from a dreaded fight with Theseus, son of the Athenian king, who has come to kill the Minotaur.

Praise of difference, child abuse, parent-child relationship, transition to adulthood: all the ingredients of a universal tale are there to make this story both rich and captivating. Father steeped in contradictions and amoral artist obeying only his genius, Dédale is an ambiguous character, whose nuances are well carried by the vocal interpretation of Féodor Atkine, formidable actor of dubbing of animated films (At the top of the world, Dragons 3).

Driven by the impetus of his youth and his heart, Icarus is ready to transgress the paternal prohibition to come to the aid of his friend and imagine another destiny for this story written by the gods.

In this mythical landscape burned by the sun, the colors unfortunately seem a little dull. The animation, a clumsy mix of 2D cartoons and 3D computer graphics, seems to have lacked the means to live up to its subject, without burning its wings too much.

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