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Total Crap: 4.35%

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by Chris Parry

"Just completely bizarre. Hold on for a weird ride."
5 stars

Jeunet & Caro have a reputation for the surreal. Anyone who has seen City Of Lost children knows all about it, but it was this film that earned them that rep and it's a God damned must-see.

The end of the world is nigh and worldwide food shortages mean cannibalism is rampant. When a former circus performer comes to answer a room for rent ad, he's not aware that the room in question is usually used as a lure for fresh meat with which to feed the entire building.

The building, run by the butcher downstairs, is filled with the usual Jeunet & Caro lineup of geeks and weirdos, fools and freaks - all of them desperate to keep the supply of meat running smoothly. But when the circus performer falls for the butcher's daughter, she enlists the help of a group of rebel underground-dwellers to kidnap her beau. Sound weird? This doesn't begin to describe the weirdness. Combine Terry Gilliam with David Lynch and you have some idea.

Jeunet & Caro are visual stylists, but also fabulous story-tellers. Each of their characters is an epic in itself. Each of them is equal parts scary and scared. Like a car wreck, this film is so bizarre you can't look away, even when it drags.

Yeah, it's subtitled. Deal with it. The world doesn't always speak English, even when it's genius. And this is genius.

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User Comments

7/11/09 Mr Me Smashingly Different; loved the suicide attempts, the hero, and the butcher too! 4 stars
7/07/06 vbguy Donner Party rides again...very funny movie 5 stars
7/02/06 William Goss Delightfully demented. Particularly dug the botched suicide attempts. 4 stars
4/17/05 Silva Different but great, well worth watching. 4 stars
3/25/04 The More You Know You wanna rid the world of hunger & overcrowding? Eat more people. 4 stars
7/18/03 Animator dude Awesome 5 stars
6/20/03 Sammy almost as good as City of Lost Children...but not quite 5 stars
2/05/03 Ian Hay Great. Also check out the city of lost children. 5 stars
8/13/02 Butterbean Overrated. It was slow at first, but then it picked up towards the end. 3 stars
2/05/02 Twinkle HMmmmmmmmmm!! 4 stars
1/22/02 Michael Visually stunning precursor to Amelie 5 stars
1/15/02 Tomper I thought my nightmares were bad. Who thinks this stuff up??? 4 stars
12/11/01 viking one of the best fantasy films ever !!! 5 stars
10/25/01 Katie Pruin It's was sick but some parts were funny! 2 stars
10/20/01 The Bomb 69 crazy ass weird shit!!! 4 stars
10/01/01 the Grinch Odder than a 80's metal revival, with Junot's distinctive style and an unpredictable plot. 4 stars
9/26/01 johannes runeborg Probably some of the most talented and disturbed moviemakers ever! 5 stars
5/25/01 Luke it sucks 1 stars
4/20/01 jerome Play it loud. Du tres bon cinema ! Un film francais pas comme les autres... Eerie Dream ! 5 stars
3/29/01 FuzzyBunny314 This movie is one of my all time favorites! Absolutely delightful! 5 stars
2/27/01 Roel Oude Nijhuis awesome 5 stars
2/01/01 Amber Jayne Scurrell Bizar taken to the extremes 5 stars
12/12/00 Dante Joe NAM NAM 5 stars
9/20/00 Jeff yum 4 stars
8/07/00 stranded on the Island Post-apocalyptic, surreal, visually/musically beautiful, rhythmically clever masterpiece! 5 stars
5/13/00 Beaver What a mess! 1 stars
5/07/00 Klute. These comments say it all. Just amazing. 5 stars
5/03/00 PJ Not better than Brazil, or City of Lost Children, but still a beautiful, funny epic 5 stars
4/22/00 Rue the Whirl Excellent Flick - Please release on DVD! 5 stars
4/16/00 Danae Mezzo Secrets Completely fantastic 5 stars
4/15/00 perverted pixie So funny, so sick! Jeunet rules all! 5 stars
3/01/00 Mic Couldn't stop laughing - even better than Brazil. 5 stars
1/31/00 Mic Utterly hilarious. 5 stars
1/23/00 Janis absolutely brilliant ! (as it their other movie - The City of Lost Children) 5 stars
11/05/99 Matt Blyth One of my all-time favorites!!! 5 stars
10/18/99 Jacob Heule Beautiful in all aspects. 5 stars
2/17/99 Maegs Boy was this film a loop--loved it 4 stars
2/12/99 davebo My favourite French film! Hilarious and fun to watch :) 5 stars
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  02-Jul-1992 (R)
  DVD: 02-May-2006


  02-Feb-1993 (M)

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