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TIFF Film review: Micmacs

Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with a movie that combineshis patented whimsy with a satirical treatment of the internationalarms trade.

Micmacs
Rating:
*** 1/2

Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with a movie that combines his patented whimsy with a satirical treatment of the international arms trade. France’s slapstick star Dany Boon stars as a videostore clerk who gets a non-fatal bullet in the brain during an arms deal gone wrong, and decides to take down the men responsible with a contortionist, a math prodigy, a human cannonball, and others. The gorgeously stylized film looks and plays like a live-action cartoon, keeping the dark subject matter from ever overwhelming the comedy. Sheer cinematic joy.

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