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Micmacs (2010)

Dany Boon , André Dussollier , Jean-Pierre Jeunet  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau, Dominique Pinon
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Writers: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
  • Producers: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Frédéric Brillion, Gilles Legrand, Souad Lamriki
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045NXMJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Micmacs" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Making of Micmacs
Q&A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actress Julie Ferrier
Animations: Absurd Deaths

Editorial Reviews

First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain... Bazil doesn't have much luck with weapons. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden, instant death. Released from the hospital after his accident, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, our inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba's cave. The group's talents and aspirations are as surprising as they are diverse: Remington, Calculator, Buster, Slammer, Elastic Girl, Tiny Pete, and Mama Chow. Then one day, walking by two huge buildings, Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufacturers that caused all of his misfortune. He sets out to take revenge, with the help of his faithful gang of wacky friends. Underdogs battling heartless industrial giants, our gang relive the battle of David and Goliath, with all the imagination and fantasy of Buster Keaton...

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUSTICE SERVED BY THE UNDERDOGS July 25, 2010
Amelie and The City of Lost Children belong to those films that, although, you find strange when you sit through it for the very first time, they stay with you forever. I find the director (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) to be Europe's answer to David Lynch - only a tad heavier on the regressive images and lighter on the subconscious horrors. So when he had another film out, I was not going to miss it. And, once more, I was glad I did.

A bunch of eccentrics (each with his or hers own quirky character and unusual personal history) come together by life's caprice and end up undertaking an impossible task: try to take down the two largest arms manufacturers in the country. Ingenious ideas, impossible retro gadgets (handmade from salvaged materials), and an unwavering sense of justice. No sacrifice is too big if it means making the villains pay for their crimes.

The colors are soft and comforting; the imagery is mesmerizing; the music will take you back to a more naive age; and the story will make you laugh, cry and laugh again. All in all, great entertainment!

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I managed to see Micmacs and thoroughly loved it. In true Jeunet fashion, characters have their specific quirks and little side-plot elements abound through the movie. A lot of what make movies like Delicatessen, Amelie, and City of Lost Children have this sometimes absurd but magical fantasy about them is present here but not overly gratuitous. Just the right amount and exactly how you'd expect it.

I've likened this movie to Three Stooges meets the A-Team versus Goliath. Really, two Goliaths. The plot is that Bazil's dad get blown up trying to defuse a mine made by a arms company. Later in his life, he is accidentally shot and the bullet is that of another competing arms company. Seeking justice, Bazil tries to confront the companies but is rebuffed quite strongly. He's then adopted by a rag-tag bunch of "orphans" called the Micmacs of the Slide Whistle who then join together to help Bazil take down the arms companies who have destroyed his life.

In true Jeunet fashion, we are introduced to each character who has a special talent that is exploited for the purpose of bringing down the arms companies. The plot, sometimes absurd and hilarious and not intended to be taken so seriously (as one reviewer earlier apparently doesn't get it). It's a comedy first and foremost and has all the hallmarks we've come to know and love from Jeunet. It doesn't move as fast as Amelie or have the sometimes overwhelming fantasy and magic of City of Lost Children but, in its own right, moves at a pace appropriate for the characters. And of course, Dominique Pinon is just over the top and brilliant as usual. Well done.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jumble, but Not a Mess!! July 12, 2010
MicMacs has a plot that defies summation, characters who each are more fantastic than the next, and the sheer joie de vivre that Jean-Pierre Jeunet brings to all of his delightful works. Here his clowns are up against the true clowns of today's world--vicious, selfish, heartless arms dealers. The boys and girls on Our Side must dive deep into their junkyard to find the tools to defeat these evil beings. And just why are they doing it? Because it's right, that's why! Needless to say, the baddies are defeated, the goodies are triumphant, and the whole flies by like a many-ringed circus performance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits the target but not quite a bullseye January 8, 2011
By wadrad
Like many of the other folks reviewing this, I'm a big Jean-Pierre Jeunet fan. Amelie, City of Children (La cité des enfants perdus), Delicatessen, etc...all exceptional movies and all having those surrealistic, fantastical, whimsical-laden settings and heart-tugging story lines that Jean-Pierre Jeunet does so well. Micmacs seems very much in the same vein of his previous films with a minor exception for me. I just didn't feel the character development was on par with his previous works. That one little ingredient in a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film that usually cements the experience for me is a level of empathetic bonding with the characters. He's phenomenal at portraying and visualizing a character's emotional response in a way that is so easy to relate to, usually in a very child-like and innocent way.

And that's where this movie just didn't quite reach the same bar as the rest of his works (for me anyway). The cinematography and set design were, per usual, incredible. The story line is interesting and entertaining, and the ensemble of characters he's created have that magical element, but I can't say I felt the same level of emotional connection to the characters as I have in his past movies. It seemed like he didn't have enough time to develop the background and pull the viewer in so effortlessly, say like the opening sequence in Amelie (still one of my all-time favorite sequences in a movie).

If you like Jean-Pierre Jeunet films, I expect you'll like this. I did, just not quite as much as his previous works (a couple of which I would probably rate 6 out of 5 stars), but it was still a very enjoyable escape during the hour and 45 minutes it ran. Definitely worth a watch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
When his father was killed by a landmine it drove his mother insane, so Bazil grew up effectively an orphan. Now an adult, he works in a video store and is obsessed by old movies whose lines he learned by heart. When a stray bullet ricochets into his brain and the doctors are afraid to operate, he loses his job and ends up on the streets, finally to be adopted by a bizarre band of tinkerers and circus-style "freaks." He decides to enlist their help in his personal quest to take inventive revenge against the CEOs of the weapons manufacturers he believes responsible for his personal tragedies.

Think something like Fantastic Mr. Fox - and the cocky and quirky enemies they're up against did remind me somewhat of Boggis and Bean - but here the stakes are larger. It's both whimsical and poignant, silly and serious. Each of the members of his new ragtag family has something unique to offer, that turns out to be exactly what they need in their efforts to strike a blow at the military industrial complex. There is the contortionist and the human calculator, the human cannonball and the collector of cliches; these and others allow him to infiltrate the lives of his nemeses, and create unpredictable havoc, all in the service of a brilliant scheme. Things don't always go according to plan, but it's never less than hilariously inventive - even where it's clear that the stakes are deadly serious, and that Jeunet himself has an important agenda. In its whimsy, and its resemblance to classic silent comedy, and for its visual inventiveness, the film feels like a return to the lighthearted dark comedy styling of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
A really funny movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A combination of Amelie and Subway.
Published 1 month ago by Steven Gwynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Micmacs is the story of very sweet man who loses his father at a young...
French with subtitles. Micmacs is the story of very sweet man who loses his father at a young age to a land mine he was disarming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DigitalPommie
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Micmacs it is hilarous!
I really love movies by Jean-Pierre Juenet and Micmacs is hilarous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something fresh to wake you up...Colorful and then some!
For anyone who likes color, design, and fresh originality ( virtual travel to France ) in directing, this film will wake up your senses. Read more
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Love this strange fun french flick. Think Robin Williams' and Jeff Bridges' movie together (I forget the title) mixed with cute, French characters, some of which really grow on... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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The cinematography alone makes this movie great. It's Frenchness only serves to enhance the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh man this is a cool movie.
I love the idea and the execution of it. This is one of those films that enters a world, takes you to a place that you've not been and you enjoy going there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris bct
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest movies.
Wonderfully funny and heart-warming at the same time. This is one of my all time favorite comedy. I highly recommend this film.
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