(out of 5)

The decidedly kooky stylings of Jean-Pierre Jeunet that audiences would come to love in Amelie were first experienced in this delightful film. A circus clown () applies for a job as a butcher’s assistant in a post-apocalyptic world where food is the only valuable currency and people are resorting to cannibalism to survive. The butcher takes the young man, hoping to keep him employed for a little while before serving him up as a feast for the tenants of the apartment building he owns. The butcher’s plans are foiled when Pinon falls in love with his daughter and the two conspire to find a way to keep Pinon alive. Highly stylized visuals and a beautifully memorable musical score are a huge attraction, but Jeunet’s work has a heart at its centre and keeps the film from being only a technical experience.

Constellation, Union Générale Cinématographique, Hachette Première, Sofinergie Films, Sofinergie 2, Investimage 2, Investimage 3, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Victoires Productions

France, 1991

Directed by ,

Screenplay by , Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, dialogue by Gilles Adrien

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by Marc Caro

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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