A clip from a French fantasy movie that shows a baby flying with the help of wings is being shared with the false claim that it shows a boy born with wings.
The 3 minute clip dubbed in Chinese is viral with the caption, “This boy is born with the wings with which he can fly. Nature is amazing.”
BOOM received the video on its WhatsApp helpline number (7700906111) inquiring about it.
The same video is viral with the same caption on Facebook.
The same video had been posted on YouTube with the false claim which translated from Hindi reads, “Flying baby”
(Original Text -हवा में उड़ने वाला बच्चा)
We broke the video into key-frames and ran a reverse image search using the Russian search engine Yandex and found that the clip had been picked from a movie.
The clip has been picked up from a 2009 French movie named Ricky directed by François Ozon.
According to the movie’s description, Ricky is a movie about a human baby who develops a set of functional wings, and how the parents cope with the child’s abnormality.
One comparing the viral video with the movie’s trailer, we can spot the same film actors and similar scenes.
BOOM contacted the movie’s director Ozon for a response, the article will be updated once a response is received.
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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.
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