This film is Jenuet’s first attempt at directing and coincidently his first teaming with co-director Marc Caro. Jenuet and Caro capture the story of an attempted prison escape from the Prison de la Santé in Paris. As the escape artists travels through tunnels and squeeze his way through freshly cut bars, he finds himself in an endless labyrinth underneath the confining walls of solitude. Jenuet and Caro are able to create a convincing narrative while relying on the use of a marionette and stop animation. —bryanthefilmguy.wordpress.com
Several years before he helmed the fourth Alien film, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, together with fellow French cinema wunderkind/creative partner Marc Caro, made his mark on international cinema with two of the most distinctive films of the 1990s. Collaborating throughout the 1980s on ads, music videos, and such shorts as Le Manège (1980), Jeunet and Caro honed their signature visual flair and darkly comic sensibility; Jeunet’s solo effort Foutaises (1989) won a César for Best Short Film. Bringing their unique style to feature films in the 1990s, Jeunet and Caro’s debut work Delicatessen (1991) became an international art film sensation. Hailed for its grotesquely comic and oddly touching tale of post-nuclear survival amid a group of eccentrics in an ominous, almost palpably clammy yet cartoon-like “retro future” setting, Delicatessen attracted an ardent following and earned several festival prizes and two Césars. Flush from Delicatessen’s success, Jeunet and Caro finally made a feature they’d… read more
The artist and comic book designer, Marc Caro switched to filmmaking in the early 1980s and formed a writing and directing partnership with Jean-Pierre Jeunet which has produced two visually striking, complex and somewhat impenetrable features: “Delicatessen” (1991), a fantasy about cannibalism, and “La cite des enfants perdu/The City of Lost Children” (1995), a phantasmagoric fairy tale. Both were greatly enhanced by the visual and sound effects, production and costume designs and score. Caro and Jeunet divide the directing responsibilities with the former handling the artistic matters and the latter guiding the actors.
Jeunet and Caro initially formed their partnership after meeting at an animation film festival. Working together, they created a number of short films, music videos and TV commercials in which they developed their particularly surreal style. Their short, “Le Bunker de la derniere rafale/The Last Blast Bunker” (1980), traced the growing mental deterioration of… read more