Jeunet seems to have followed a similar career trajectory to Tim Burton by which outsider oddness is, by degrees, subsumed by kitsch and, finally, tastefulness. This is a winningly grotesque early work. It functions as a fairytale allegory, but truthfully the attraction is in the phantasmagoric fairground creepiness, weird stone-like rubber faces and warped moral vision. Wet, weird and rainy. Fun late night jeebies.