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Adopting the same stylised, magical view of Paris as
, coupled with the visual invention of
, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's whimsical comedy is a deliciously smart satire on the arms trade. French superstar Dany Boon is exemplary as the deadpan Buster Keaton-like vagrant who, with help from his new-found family of homeless scavengers, takes inspired revenge on the weapons manufacturers responsible for his plight. Chock full of Jeunet's distinctive set designs, supreme sight gags, quirky characters (such as a human cannonball played by Jeunet regular Dominique Pinon) and luminous cinematography, this "
Steptoe and Son
in Wonderland" fairy tale offers limitless scope for the director's unique imagination. From the fabulous automated sculptures constructed in the Aladdin's cave-style hideaway, to a brilliantly orchestrated trip to a pretend war zone and the Looney Tunes inspired action, this continually astonishes, enchants and beguiles.
A video-store clerk survives being shot in the head, but loses his job and his home, while the bullet in his skull could kill him at any time. He falls in with a band of eccentrics living in a junkyard, and puts his new associates' talents to use in bringing down two arms companies. Comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Dany Boon and Andre Dussollier. In French.
Cast & Crew
Nicolas Thibault De Fenouillet
Violence, sex scenes and drug references.
DVD and Blu-ray
26 Feb 2010
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