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Micmacs (Blu-ray Review)

11 Dec, 2010 By: Billy Gil

Street 12/14/10
Sony Pictures
Box Office $1.3 million
$28.95 DVD, $38.96 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for some sexuality and brief violence.
In French with English subtitles.
Stars Dany Boon, André Dussollier.

Micmacs, the latest feature from French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, of Amélie fame, finds the director returning to the whimsical style of that film after the more dramatic A Very Long Engagement.

Dany Boon is hilarious as Bazil, an unfortunate soul who gets a stray bullet lodged into his head while working as a video store clerk. This happens, of course, while Bazil is in his mid-30s, years after his father was killed by a landmine and he was sent to boarding school, only to escape.

In a similar fashion to Amélie, Jeunet has a way of fitting key, sometimes heartbreaking details into his films as naturally and swiftly as someone telling you what they did with their day. Bazil loses his job and home and joins a band of misfits who live in a garbage dump, fixing old gadgets, and enlists their help to get revenge on the arms dealers responsible for making the mine and the bullet that have literally and figuratively scarred his life. But the proceedings are devilish fun, rather than heavy-handed, with a contortionist, human cannonball and others helping Bazil settle the score. Boon’s scenes with the other misfits, bantering and scheming against the arms manufacturers, are priceless.

Among other special features, such as a commentary with Jeunet, a Q&A with him and actress Julie Ferrier, and a making-of featurette, the DVD includes humorous animations of “absurd deaths,” in fitting with Jeunet’s tragicomic tone.

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