A cricket repair man, is faced with a moral dilemma when the parents of an autistic boy ask him to hack into the chip of their son.
We’ve been impatiently waiting to see this film reach the online world since we’ve seen it win the prize at the Montreal Fantasia Festival in 2014, along with it the film gathered 13 other awards in festivals around the world. ‘Jiminy’ is a film that takes place in the near future, where most people get a “cricket” implanted in their brains : an electronic chip which allows them to switch to an “automatic mode” whenever they wish to. Nathanaël, a cricket repair man, is faced with a moral dilemma when the parents of an autistic boy ask him to hack into the chip of their son.
The science-fiction stories are often about Robots who want to become Humans (Blade Runner, A.I., etc.). But in Jiminy, Humans want to become Robots.
I had the idea of the pitch while reading an account of a scientific experiment. In May 2002, scientists from New York University have set a chip in the brain of a rat. This chip allowed them to control the movements of the rat thanks to a mecanism of direction. My co-writer Teddy Jacquier and I have imagined what would happen if people have this kind of chip in their brain in the future…
Jiminy captures the mind in an excruciating but elegant way, where we quickly see the benefits and side effects of the chips that will inevitably one day be implanted in most of us.