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MICMACS director Jean-Pierre Jeunet

From: Andrea Chase
Series: Behind the Scenes
Length: 08:13

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MICMACS director Jean-Pierre Jeunet talks fate, inspiration, and the impersonal nature of modern warfare.

Default-piece-image-2 Jean-Pierre Jeunet had been thinking about the plot of MICMACS since making THE CIT OF LOST CHILDREN in 1995.  Arms dealers who justify being merchants of death is rich fodder, and the juxtapostion of people who are passionate about the excellence of their work who can also disassociate themselves from the end result of that work became idea he couldn't shake. He also couldn's shake the need to make a film in which those people are given their comeuppance by one of their victims. In the interview, he discusses the proper use of CGI, casting a contortionist who can also act, bucking the aesthetics of French critics to follow his own vision, and rethinking his film, without compromising his vision, when his original leading man became unavailable.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet had been thinking about the plot of MICMACS since making THE CIT OF LOST CHILDREN in 1995.  Arms dealers who justify being merchants of death is rich fodder, and the juxtapostion of people who are passionate about the excellence of their work who can also disassociate themselves from the end result of that work became idea he couldn't shake. He also couldn's shake the need to make a film in which those people are given their comeuppance by one of their victims. In the interview, he discusses the proper use of CGI, casting a contortionist who can also act, bucking the aesthetics of French critics to follow his own vision, and rethinking his film, without compromising his vision, when his original leading man became unavailable.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Andrea Chase goes Behind the Scenes with Jean-Pierre Jeunet about MICMACS, his dark yet whimsical tale of arms dealers and Bazil, a victim of their industry who takes revenge into his own hands. Dany Boon stars as Bazil, a former video store clerk orphaned by a land mine and wounded with bullet lodged precariously in his brain when he went from innocent bystander to unintended victim. Bazil goes from plaything of fate to forger of his own destiny when a series of more fortuitous coincidences allows him to join forces with an eccentric but highly skilled group of social outcasts, and with them to concoct a complicated but elegant plan to get even, not just for his own issues, but for the good of the world as a whole. Jeunet’s previous films include DELICATESSEN, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, AMALIE, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, and, on this side of the Atlantic, ALIEN RESURRECTION. He is the recipient of numerous awards, and MICAMACS was the opening night film of the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival.

OUTRO:

Andrea Chase has taken you BEHIND THE SCENES of MICMACS with the filmmaker, Jean-Pierre Jeunet.