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Micmacs (2009)

Micmacs à tire-larigot (original title)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet (as Jean Pierre Jeunet)

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (scenario) (as Jean Pierre Jeunet), Guillaume Laurant (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dany Boon ... Bazil
André Dussollier ... Nicolas Thibault de Fenouillet
Yolande Moreau ... Tambouille
Dominique Pinon ... Fracasse
Marie-Julie Baup Marie-Julie Baup ... Calculette
Michel Crémadès ... Petit Pierre
Nicolas Marié Nicolas Marié ... François Marconi
Julie Ferrier ... La Môme Caoutchouc
Omar Sy ... Remington
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Placard
Urbain Cancelier ... Le gardien de nuit de Marconi
Patrick Paroux Patrick Paroux ... Gerbaud
Jean-Pierre Becker Jean-Pierre Becker ... Libarski
Stéphane Butet Stéphane Butet ... Matéo
Philippe Girard Philippe Girard ... Gravier
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Storyline

Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil has had his life all but ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a landmine in Morocco and one fateful night a stray bullet from a nearby shootout embeds itself in his skull, leaving him on the verge of instantaneous death. Losing his job and his home, Bazil wanders the streets until he meets Slammer, a pardoned convict who introduces him to a band of eccentric junkyard dealers including Calculator, a math expert and statistician, Buster, a record-holder in human cannonball feats, Tiny Pete, an artistic craftsman of automatons, and Elastic Girl, a sassy contortionist. When chance reveals to Bazil the two weapons manufacturers responsible for building the instruments of his destruction, he constructs a complex scheme for revenge that his newfound family is all too happy to help set in motion. Written by The Massie Twins

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

French for Beginners See more »

Filming Locations:

Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,751, 30 May 2010

Gross USA:

$1,262,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,353,371
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2.35 : 1
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The full title in French - "Micmacs à tire-larigot" - literally means "non-stop shenanigans". See more »

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When Bazil picks up the brass to determine who manufactured the ammunition which struck him in the head, the name of the manufacturer is stamped on the back of the brass, as is the norm, but there is no primer. Instead, the stamp occupies the entire surface. See more »

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An amusing vigilante story
23 March 2010 | by Foux_du_FafaSee all my reviews

Jean-Paul Jeunet, director of "Amélie" and "A Very Long Engagement" returns with "Micmacs", the story of a lonely misfit named Bazil (Dany Boon), who after being accidentally injured in a shoot-out, is adopted by a band of other misfits. Together, they take on a band of arms-manufacturers whose products respectively injured Bazil and killed Bazil's father, by triggering tension between them.

As with previous films, Jeunet has produced a world of slightly-distorted reality, much like a dream. Although it does begin somewhat slowly, this is hardly a flaw, and the eventual escalation of the tension between the two forces of evil is truly winning. The ending, which I won't elaborate upon, is also delightfully funny.

There is one slight issue that I did have, which is not too big and actually has little to do with the film itself, but is still worthy of mention. As someone with a degree in French, I did find that the English subtitles were in some scenes passable yet not excellent replications of the original. Equally, I found it quite annoying that the subtitles provided in the British cinema version were clearly done for American audiences. I have nothing against American English, but it would have been nice for us over here in the UK to have had our own subtitles as opposed to a loan of the American ones. Yet enough with that groaning; "Micmacs" is a great near-perfect little film and I can recommend it wholeheartedly.


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