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Micmacs tire-larigot [Blu-ray] (Version française)


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  • Actors: Dany Boon, Andre Dussoliier, Dominique Pinon, Yolande Moreau
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V924JC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,460 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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 an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden and instant death. Released from hospital, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, our inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is adopted by a motley crew of second-hand dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba’s cave, whose talents and aspirations are as surprising as they are diverse: Remington, Calculator, Buster, Slammer, Elastic Girl, Tiny Pete and Mama Chow. One day, walking by two huge buildings, Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufacturers that caused his hardship. With the help of his faithful gang of wacky friends he sets out to take revenge. Underdogs battling heartless industrial giants, our gang relives the battle of David and goliath, with all the imagination and fantasy of Buster Keaton.

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Atteint d’une balle impossible d’extraire de sa tête, Bazil (Dany Boon) est aux prises avec d’étranges effets secondaires. Dorénavant chômeur, il est recueilli par une bande de curieux individus dont un homme canon détenteur du record mondial et une étonnante femme élastique. Ensemble, ils élaborent un plan pour venger Bazil des grands fabricants d’armes au monde qu’ils tiennent responsable de tous ses malheurs.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes movies like a mad scientist: a bit of this and a bit of that, comedy and horror, charm and madness--et voilà, an Amélie or Very Long Engagement is born. So it's quite appropriate that the central troupe in Micmacs is an eccentric band of tinkerers, toolsmiths, and circus folk; these are Jeunet's kind of people, and putting them together in odd combinations is his lab experiment. The "micmacs" live in a junkyard warren of their own devising, where they are joined by the film's nominal hero, Bazil (Dany Boon), a nondescript video-store clerk whose "career" is cut short when he takes a stray bullet to the head. Surviving this irritation, Bazil vows vengeance on the city's fat-cat arms manufacturers (as fate would have it, his father was killed by a land mine, adding extra incentive) and enlists his super-quirky band of buddies to help. Now, it is beyond question that Amélie lovers and Jeunet fans are going to lap up this collection of Rube Goldberg gadgets and Looney Tunes-style gags, and the inkling of a social issue (or at least the little guys vs. military-industrial complex theme) will also have some appeal. But it must be recorded that prolonged exposure to Micmacs could result in tooth decay for viewers with a low tolerance for whimsy, despite its many moments of undeniable cleverness. Plan accordingly. --Robert Horton

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 25 2010
Format: DVD
Amélie and The City of Lost Children belong to those films that, although, you find strange when you sit through them 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!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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By E.G on June 7 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This movie is HYSTERICAL. Super funny, and definitely geared towards a younger audience. Check the parent advisory section on IMDB for content before showing it to a really young audience though.....
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Format: Blu-ray
The Canadian edition of the BR is cheap, but it has NONE of the extra features on the regular edition available through Amazon.com. It has an interesting interview with the director, but about half of that consists of clips, and it has no commentary and no documentary. Avoid this edition like the PLAGUE. It does a dis-service to the film, which, taken by itself, is a truly marvellous work of art. If all you want is the film, get this one; but if you like extras, stay away from it.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
JUSTICE SERVED BY THE UNDERDOGS July 25 2010
By NeuroSplicer - Published on Amazon.com
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!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
If you loved Delicatessen this is right up your alley, return to greatness for Jeunet Aug. 3 2010
By A. Koziol - Published on Amazon.com
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.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Jumble, but Not a Mess!! July 12 2010
By R Atherton - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hits the target but not quite a bullseye Jan. 8 2011
By wadrad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Whimsical and poignant - an homage to old movies with a vivid contemporary theme Sept. 10 2010
By Nathan Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
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 Delicatessen (and there's a wonderful moment here that is a very direct reminder of that film), but there's more at stake here and the fantasy realm he invents is embedded in a reality that is manifestly that of our world. Highly recommended for lovers of inventive cinema.


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