Micmacs Micmacs à tire-larigot

While you can see French movies in the original version, it usually takes some time until it has flown through the distribution channels. Because of its multilingual structure, Switzerland is kind of compli­cated in that respect. The movie Micmacs by Jean-Pierre Jeunet came out last year in France, but only now here. I was really happy to see it finally come out, as I really love his other movies, Amélie (le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain), but also Delicatessen or The city of lost Children (La cité des enfants perdus).

Micmac continues on many themes of the previous movies: brown colors, a certain form of nostalgia for old style France, and quirky and endearing characters. The movie has two parts: the first describes the life path of the hero, Bazil, who’s life gets repeatedly destroyed by weapons, and the second where he basically plays reverse Amélie with arm dealers (messing up their lives). While the rough plot is predictable, the fun part of the movie is the set of twists, tricks, weirds ideas and characters that are found everywhere. I really love the idea to make soccer more interesting. The whole plot happens in Paris, but compared to Amélie, the focus as shifted from the center to the border, the outskirts, and the visuals are a stranger blend of the graphics of the seventies and the current style. If you want a light-hearted movie about a serious theme (arms dealing) and love original ideas and inventions, this is a movie I recommend seeing.

One thought on “Micmacs Micmacs à tire-larigot

  1. I really liked that movie too! And your comments are so spot on! I thought it might be more of a girls movie (perhaps because of Amélie, but more because of A Very Long Engagement), but no: there was a guy next to me and he had a real good laugh ;-)

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