Asa Butterfield (played by Hugo Cabret) is an orphan in 1930’s Paris. He lives secretly within the maze of walls of one of Paris’ large and busy railway stations. He has learned to fix and maintain the station clocks and other gadgets from his father and when his uncle disappears, he takes up the job of winding all the station clocks. He treasures the one remaining possession he has from his father – an automaton. He is painstakingly trying to repair it by stealing parts from elsewhere he finds them – a particularly useful source is one of the station stores, managed by the storekeeper (by Ben Kingsley). Asa also forms a friendship with the storekeeper’s adventurous god-daughter Isabelle (by Choë Grace Moretz) and discovers film maker George Melies. They have a marvellous connection to his father and the automaton, which brings forth the old man’s stunning memories.
Anyone who loves cinema will enjoy the journey of this movie. It presents the story in a beautifully crafted and gentle way, it’s very nice. There are several characters that entertain throughout, particularly Sacha Baron Cohen who is the comical station inspector.
The movie is clearly made with love by Scorsese. At the 2011 Academy (Oscar) Awards, it was presented with the awards for Best Achievement in Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. It was also nominated for several others.
Made in 2011. Directed by Martin Scorsese