A celebration of childhood, as well as a childhood understanding of adult things, prominently sexuality. The oddly mature and immature Zazie is the center of the story, and the story unfolds in her world, one of mischief and magical wackiness, which pervades throughout the film, encompassing ever scene. An eccentric, silly ode to childhood and a young and unknowing understanding of maturity and coming of age.
At first, it has some great moments of child like imagination. But then, at a certain point, it descends into what I like to call the Gilliam Cycle, where ideas are being thrown all around with 0 rhythm or meaning. Still it's not as bad as the worst of Gilliam but nevertheless it all becomes numbing after a while.
It took me a while to get used to this, but after the first minutes of shock it was a thrilling ride all the way thorugh. Very silly, very hectic and very funny. It's also adorable how the movie constantly breaks against all traditional "film rules" in new creative ways.