Jeunet T.S. Spivet is a fantastical fairytale which swims in the romanticism of childhood and the decay of the American Dream. As with his previous films, Jeunet makes sure to allow the shadows to creep in, adding a darker edge where possible. With the tragic death of his brother, Spivet markedly demonstrates that it's not pitched for children - despite appearances - and is more of a cautionary tale for adults about how to communicate (or, as is the case here, how not to communicate) with children. The transition from wide-open plains, through rusting old train yards, to the grandeur of the Smithsonian Institute afford Jeunet the opportunity to indulge in his love of Americana, portraying a version of the country that is out of time, loaded with memorabilia and iconography of both the Old West and the 1950s. T.S. Spivet may not convert Jeunet's dissenters, but for those who have admired the auteur's past oeuvre, this is another sumptuous curio.