Were the idle afternoon viewing of two eight-year-old boys named Tim Burton and Wes Anderson The Tenant, a dozen expressionist films, some Terry Gilliam, Noah's Arc, and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, this is probably the movie their prepubescent imaginations would reconstitute.
This is a 99-minute playground of sound, vision, and style; and while it's not necessarily the greatest dystopian film I've ever seen in terms of story and character development, it's definitely worth a watch for the sheer ingenuity of the production as a whole.
Una pellicola a dir poco stramba, che alterna momenti di puro surrealismo ad attimi di piattissima regolarità. Gli attori sono decenti, la trama è ben costruita e il ritmo è decisamente incalzante. La nota migliore del film è decisamente la fotografia, che regala delle scene molto belle, le quali per tutta la durata della proiezione danno all'occhio la parte che, come si suol dire, vuole. Decisamente da vedere.
Despite the very high rating, this movie is not worth it. Launched as a (black) comedy, horror or sci-fi, this movie is nothing of all these. There are no characters to remember afterward. The humor is very much forced, the “comedy“ so overdone that it is not only un-funny, but depressing. There are not at all any sci-fi elements. Just a nice cinematography doesn't make up for an entire movie. Overrated. Boring.
I love this film since I saw it for the first time in the early 1990s. Its full of weird as well as poetic ideas and imaginative visual moments. And it has some remarkable features regarding the music and sound: e.g. trying to find the bedspring in need of repair through the rhythm of „Aloha 'Oe“ sounding from the TV, or verifying the „Baaa“ of the lamb sound maker with the aid of a tuning fork.
Mise en scene in Jeunet/Caro films is so perfect that the films are worth a watch for the visuals alone. The dust and despair in the air is so palpable you could choke on it. Beautiful story. Also, I want to believe that Dominique Pinon was actually a circus performer in real life at some point. It seems so right.