Thanks to my friend Mark, I got to watch Micmacs (or known as Micmacs à tire-larigot in France) before the 2010 Alliance Française French Film Festival. Thank goodness that I didn’t select the movie as part of the five that I will watch during the French Film Festival this year! 🙂 Micmacs has been selected as the opening movie for the French Film Festival this year and I can see why! It’s a delightful, quirky, funy which definitely has Jean-Pierre Jeunet written all over it. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is the same director who brought Amelie, Delicatessen, and A Very Long Engagement.
The story is about a loner named Bazil (Dany Boon) who was hit by a stray bullet – nobody expected him to survive, so he lost his apartment and his job, and had to survive on the streets. When he found out the manufacturer of the bullet, he devised a revenge plan, assisted by an odd melange of friends who adopted Bazil as part of their ‘family’. I deliberately write a general synopsys only as I think you should see the movie without reading too many reviews beforehand. I didn’t and I was rewarded by a funny, clever and refreshing movie with a not-unfamiliar-but-original storyline.
Jeunet’s trademark clever mix of reality, imagination and fantasy – as well as his warm, soft tones – are definitely present in Micmacs. There are also remnants of Delicatessen and Amelie in the movie, which I’m sure will delight mainstream cinema goers as well. Dany Boon, who I first saw in Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend), is really charming in the movie even though his character is a bit ‘odd’.You will also find Dominique Pinon in Micmacs, who you see in most of Jeunet’s movies: Delicatessen, A Very Long Engagement, Amelie, The City of Lost Children, and Alien Ressurection.
If you can get ahold of the ticket during the French Film Festival this year, get it! Otherwise you may have to wait longer until it is released after the Festival ends. It may not have Audrey Tautou but it is still very charming nevertheless!