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.
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.
It may be a dystopian future, but it feels more like a grim fairy tale than a sci-fi. A black sense of humour, a beautiful, Gilliamesque aesthetic and occasional bursts of Tati-ish slapstick combine to create a cartoonish world of hilarious nightmares. It's hard to think of a film, outside of animation, that so successfully marries strong visuals to consistently funny jokes.
A creatively grotesque french pantomime that has almost the construct of a musical at times. You have to appreciate its originality, even if its not your "thang" ! All the crafts are beautifully sampled and the detail is incredible. There is a bit too much going on visually for my taste, and I always feel uncomfortable when the visual dominates because it distracts rather than compliments.
Next to La haine, the best French film of the past 30 years. The film never lets up and juggles various genres with the precision of a circus performer. Top notch fantasy/suspense from a not-too-well-known director.