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MICMACS

by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

synopsis

In the heart of the Moroccan desert, at the end of the 1970s, some French mine-clearing experts are hard at work. Suddenly, there’s an explosion... In a suburban house, the telephone rings. Nine-year-old Bazil sees his mother sobbing, the receiver in her hand... We see Bazil again as an adult, in a videoclub. When there’s an exchange of gunfire in the street, Bazil is shot in the head... He survives and has to live with the bullet lodged in his skull. Having lost his job, he ends up on the street. He is taken in by a group of larger-than-life ragmen: Remington, a black man who uses outdated expressions when he speaks; Calculette, who has a "talent" for counting everything in the twinkling of an eye; Fracasse, who absolutely wants to beat the record of cannon man; Placard, who survived the guillotine; the rubber Kid, a contortionist in love with Bazil and Tambouille, who has adopted them all, after losing her twin girls in the labyrinth of mirrors... Scavenging around for them, Bazil by chance one day finds himself in front of the headquarters of two companies: he recognises the acronym of the two arms manufacturers which caused his misfortune. With help from the group of oddballs and thanks to his "Tom Thumb" imagination, Bazil manages to turn the CEOs of the two companies against each other, in order to better destroy them.

international title: Micmacs
original title: Micmacs à tire-larigot
country: France
sales agent: TF1 Studio
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
release date: BE 28/10/2009, FR 28/10/2009, CZ 26/11/2009, NL 17/12/2009, UK 08/01/2010, DE 22/07/2010, IT 17/12/2010, ES 17/06/2011
screenplay: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
cast: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Julie Ferrier, Omar Sy, Dominique Pinon, Yolande Moreau
cinematography by: Tetsuo Nagata
film editing: Hervé Schneid
art director: Aline Bonetto
costumes designer: Madeline Fontaine
producer: Frédéric Brillion, Gilles Legrand, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
production: Epithète Films, Tapioca Films, Warner Bros Entertainment France
distributor: Warner Bros Entertainment France, StudioCanal Germany, Eagle Pictures, Vértigo Films
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