MicMacs

(Micmacs a tire-larigot)
(France, 2009, 105 mins, 35mm)
French
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CAST Dany Boon, Andre Dusollier, Nicolas Marie, Omar Sy, Yolande Moreau, Dominique Pinon, Jean Pierre Mareille
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Jean Pierre Jeunet, the wizard who gave us Amelie and Delicatessen conjures another buoyant medley of slapstick, whimsy and satire in this infinitely inventive contemporary fantasy.

Dany Boon (from Welcome to the Sticks) is Bazil, a video store clerk who takes a bullet to the head in a freak drive-by shooting mishap. He survives, but the doctors decide to leave the bullet in there, meaning that he could die at any moment. Released from hospital, he’s jobless and penniless, but his luck changes when he falls in with Slammer (Jean Pierre Mareille) who introduces him to an industrious group of salvage artists making their home in scrap heap beneath a Parisian underpath. It’s a bohemian shelter where tables walk and you never know what contraption you might bump into next. The slightly damaged Bazil is another piece of junk to be reclaimed and put to renewed purpose.

Look for Intouchables star Omar Sy in a supporting role.

"A fun-house of mirrors that is lovely to get lost in." Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

"Micmacs is like a Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd movie where everybody is Buster or Harold, yet they all work in harmony." Peter Howell, Toronto Star