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Cast: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon, Andre Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Julie Ferrier and Yolande Moreau.
After being accidentally shot in the head and survive, Bazil (Dany Boon) shortly becomes homeless and jobless, eventually being welcomed by a small band of unusual characters that live in a scrap heap. Bazil soon finds the company responsible for making the bullet that's lodged inside his brain and with the help of his new friends, decides to take down the people in charge.
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Directed by the famous French auteur filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Micmacs (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet) was premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was later shown in the London Film Festival in the same year, with the film finally released in numerous European countries this year. Even though this may be a silly comedy, but itís fun and beautiful to watch.
The film opens up with the main characterís father getting killed from a landmine and his mother being deeply traumatized. We then move thirty years into the future where the main character, Bazil (Dany Boon), is working in a video shop and then gets accidentally shot from a gun fight happening outside. Bazil becomes homeless and jobless after he manages to survive, but is dreaded with the thought that the bullet in his head could kill him at any moment. With little success of surviving the streets of Paris, he is invited to live with a small band of odd characters that are living in a scrap heap.
During a job to collect scrap metal for his new friends, he comes across the manufacturing headquarters of the pistol in his head and landmine that killed his father. Finally deciding to take down the two people in charge of the company, him and his friends attempt to stop them in many and clever ways.
Even though the story may not interest people who are looking for a serious comedy, the fact that this is a silly story and tries to tackle a serious issue as well makes it quite engaging with all the obscure and likable characters.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet has become a famous French director since his classic film, Amelie (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet), was released in 2001 and his work on this film is another great example of how colourful and imaginative he can really be.
One of the great things I found interesting about Micmacs was how well the film was framed and had shots that were very carefully selected to make a great story when it comes to the final edit of the film. Each shot was carefully selected and performed to give each scene itís own particular feeling that brings the screenplay some life with completely colourful lighting. This is what makes the film as visually stunning as Amelie and one that reflects from all of the characters that appear throughout the film.
As well as being the director of the film, Jeunet is also one of the screenwriters as well and his contribution in this field is equally as artful. Jeunetís contribution has proven to be a vital one which has resulted in some very likable and interesting characters, as well as a story which may not be the most original, but is simple to follow and quite fun to watch. Some people however probably wonít like the silliness nor the strangeness of the characters through the visual humour it does throughout, but it takes on the visual comedy from the silent film era comedies really well if you can look past it.
Jean-Pierre Jeunetís effort in this film is done really well and itís great to see a story that is based on half of the visual comedy shown throughout the film. However, even though I really enjoyed watching this film, I did have one small problem with it. The filmís story of unlikely heroes taking down wealthy villains has been done before in other feel-good films (including Looking For Eric (dir. Ken Loach) and Saving Grace (dir. Nigel Cole)) and Iím not saying that the film wasnít done any better or worse, but itís also something that isnít going to be freshly new.
Overall, Micmacs is a very peculiar and visual film that is charming to watch and beautifully made. Although this is a feel good film that most people would have already seen before, itís a really good story to watch and as long as you go and see it with the fact that this film is very silly and visual, youíll most likely have a good time watching it.