Micmacs

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Overview

An underground lair serves as the point of inspiration for this deeply whimsical fantasy comedy with echoes of Jodorowsky's Rainbow Thief from French cause célèbre Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amélie, The City of Lost Children. The locale is post-9/11 Europe. As arms dealers go head to head with one another in a series of violent skirmishes -- suggesting that an apocalyptic cataclysm may be lingering on the horizon -- the unfortunate Bazil Dany Boon still reels from the long-ago death of his father from a roadside bomb, an...
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Overview

An underground lair serves as the point of inspiration for this deeply whimsical fantasy comedy with echoes of Jodorowsky's Rainbow Thief from French cause célèbre Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amélie, The City of Lost Children. The locale is post-9/11 Europe. As arms dealers go head to head with one another in a series of violent skirmishes -- suggesting that an apocalyptic cataclysm may be lingering on the horizon -- the unfortunate Bazil Dany Boon still reels from the long-ago death of his father from a roadside bomb, an event that left him orphaned as a boy. Now employed in a low-paying job as a video-store clerk, and still trying to determine how he fits into the scheme of things, he gets hit by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting and promptly lands in the hospital. Upon release, he finds himself broke and unemployed. Hope soon crops up, however, in the form of Placard Jean-Pierre Marielle, an ex-convict living in a scrap dump with a motley group of social outcasts -- all of whom welcome Bazil with warmth, compassion, and hospitality. Sure of his place for the first time in his life, Bazil joins forces with them to turn the dump into a lovely underground home, filled to the rafters with extraordinary inventions and sculptures. Soon after, the possibility of revenge against the munitions manufacturers responsible for Bazil's dad's death presents itself.
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Special Features

The making of Micmacs; Q&A with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet & actress Julie Ferrier; Director's commentary; Animations: absurd deaths
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Almost 20 years after establishing himself as one of cinema's most chimerical directors with the deliciously surreal Delicatessen co-directed by former filmmaking partner Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet proves that his imagination is still a very fertile place with Micmacs. As whimsical and visually sumptuous as fans would expect, Micmacs finds Jeunet once again in top form after the critical success of his last film, 2004's A Very Long Engagement. An impassioned director who refuses to rush the creative process, Jeunet proves that patience is most certainly a virtue by delivering a funny and affecting film that displays the energy, wit, and originality of his best works. Sent to a Catholic orphanage after his father was killed by a landmine and his mother suffered a complete mental breakdown, Bazil Dany Boon was working in a French video store when a stray bullet struck him in the forehead. Incredibly, Bazil managed to make a speedy recovery from the near-death encounter, but now he's homeless and jobless, with a hunk of lead rattling around in his cranium. When the new female clerk at the video store gives Bazil the casing from the bullet that struck him, he recognizes the insignia from the same weapons manufacturer that produced the mine that killed his father. Subsequently adopted by a ragtag group of scrap-heap squatters, Bazil discovers that the manufacturer of those weapons is right in his backyard, and begins plotting to seek revenge with the help of his newfound family, which includes eccentric numbers wiz Calculette Marie-Julie Baup, crusty ex-con Slammer Jean-Pierre Marielle, compulsive ethnographer Remington Omar Sy, sensitive contortionist Elastic Girl Julie Ferrier, fearless Buster Dominique Pinon, gifted inventor Tiny Pete Michel Crémadès, and matronly Mama Chow Yolande Moreau. Everyone puts their talents to use as the team sets out to pit amoral warmongers Nicolas André Dussollier and François Nicolas Marié against one another and watch their empires crumble. Micmacs is a revenge flick with a difference; instead of using violence to strike back at the men who don't lose a wink of sleep over the fact that their abandoned mines maim children or their powerful bombs kill innocents, Bazil and company draw on their various individual talents to execute an elaborate plan that will humiliate their foes in front of the entire world. The result is something like a junkyard Mission: Impossible filtered through a Looney Tunes aesthetic -- a living, breathing cartoon distinguished by Jeunet's unmistakable style and driven by first-time film composer Raphaël Beau's spirited score. At a time when inspiration seems to be in short supply -- at least in regard to movies -- Jeunet proves that there are still original stories to be told, and creative ways to tell them. In Micmacs, Jeunet's directorial skills are as strong as ever. And together with frequent collaborator Guillaume Laurant, he populates the story with the kind of sympathetic, eccentric characters that we love to cheer on, and instills it with a childlike sense of innocence and wonder that captures our imaginations. Creative flourishes like the vivid hallucinations Bazil experiences due to the foreign object lodged in his grey matter offer a telling glimpse into our lovable protagonist's bruised psyche while simultaneously reminding us that we're in the hands of a storyteller who truly understands the power of the moving picture. It may be a bit of an overstatement to christen Micmacs an instant classic, but fans of Jeunet's distinctive style will be pleased to note that it certainly ranks among his best work, not only for the fact that the film succeeds in addressing a rather serious topic in a way that's both entertaining and thought-provoking, but for the simple fact that it's essentially cinema in its purest form -- so powerful is the imagery in Micmacs that it could almost function as a silent film. Micmacs offers visuals that have the power to move us, make us laugh, and inspire us to see the world in a different light. Few filmmakers are fortunate enough to realize their inner visions so effectively on the big screen, and if it takes Jeunet another six years to craft his next feature, it will likely be well worth the wait to see what wonders he dreams up next.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2010
  • UPC: 043396353077
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,395

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dany Boon Bazil
André Dussollier Nicolas Thibault de Fenouillet
Nicolas Marié François Marconi
Jean-Pierre Marielle Slammer
Yolande Moreau Mama Chow
Julie Ferrier Elastic Girl
Omar Sy Remington
Dominique Pinon Buster
Michel Cremades Tiny Pete
Marie-Julie Baup Calculator
Urbain Cancelier Night Watchman
Patrick Paroux Gerbaud
Jean-Pierre Becker Libarski
Stéphane Butet Mateo
Philippe Girard Gravier
Doudou Masta Head of the Rebels
Eric Naggar Marconi's Chauffeur
Arsene Mosca Serge at Video Store
Manon Le Moal Lola
Félicité N'Gijol Mrs. Cissé
Bernard Bastereaud Mrs. Cissé's Husband
Tony Gaultier The Horny Technician
Stephanie Gesnel His Partner
Noe Boon Young Bazil
Julia Gunthel Contortionist Body Double for Julie Ferrier
Technical Credits
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Vincent Arnardi Sound Mixer
Raphaël Beau Score Composer
Aline Bonetto Production Designer
Frederic Brillion Producer
Jean Marc Deschamps Production Manager
Duran Dubois Special Effects
Madeline Fontaine Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerard Hardy Sound/Sound Designer
Guillaume Laurant Screenwriter
Gilles Legrand Producer
Thierry Mauvoisin Asst. Director
Tetsuo Nagata Cinematographer
Herve Schneid Editor
Romain Segaud Animator
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini Makeup Special Effects
Nathalie Tissier Makeup
Jean Umansky Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Micmacs
1. Chapter 1 [7:09]
2. Chapter 2 [3:19]
3. Chapter 3 [4:03]
4. Chapter 4 [4:45]
5. Chapter 5 [4:03]
6. Chapter 6 [4:00]
7. Chapter 7 [5:52]
8. Chapter 8 [1:48]
9. Chapter 9 [2:08]
10. Chapter 10 [2:30]
11. Chapter 11 [2:22]
12. Chapter 12 [3:19]
13. Chapter 13 [2:32]
14. Chapter 14 [2:34]
15. Chapter 15 [2:30]
16. Chapter 16 [3:21]
17. Chapter 17 [4:50]
18. Chapter 18 [4:08]
19. Chapter 19 [3:56]
20. Chapter 20 [1:26]
21. Chapter 21 [1:46]
22. Chapter 22 [4:05]
23. Chapter 23 [:12]
24. Chapter 24 [3:56]
25. Chapter 25 [5:06]
26. Chapter 26 [4:51]
27. Chapter 27 [5:29]
28. Chapter 28 [1:50]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Micmacs
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary With Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet - On
      Commentary With Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet - Off
      The Making of Micmacs
      Q&A With Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actress Julie Ferrier
      Animations: Absurd Deaths
      Theatrical Trailer
      Micmacs Soundtrack
      Previews
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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    The most creative film in years

    Watching this film is like becoming absorbed in the inner workings of an analog watch. The director manages to keep everything running smoothly as the performances, action, editing, plot, dialogue, and score tick intricately and amusingly onwards, preventing the very serious issue from dragging down the tone or tempo or spoiling the humor. And the production design holds it all together like a transparent case while Dany Boon, who is a standup comic and wonderful comedic actor, keeps the quirky characters moving together with timing that gives it the feel of a musical.

    The inventiveness is unique and yet not without precedent; there are element reminiscent of the theater of the absurd (Jean Genet perhaps), Jacques Tati, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, and Nick Park. Because of the incisive insight behind the humor, there is also something of Dickens or Fielding in it, as well as the expected film and pop culture references (don't miss the Cirque du Soleil bit).

    French filmmakers were once a source of great inspiration to other filmmakers around the world; this film is both inspired by and inspiring in that way; it is in dialogue with world events and with film and with the creative arts. It takes high and low culture and puts them together into something new and wonderful. I've never seen anything like it, and I've seen well over fifteen hundred films.

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