DELICATESSEN And AMELIE Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet Returns With MICMACS A TIRE LARIGOT!

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DELICATESSEN And AMELIE Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet Returns With MICMACS A TIRE LARIGOT!

We ran some still sfrom Jean Pierre Jeunet's upcoming film a little while back but, as it turned out, those had not yet been cleared for release and we were quickly asked to take them down. But now a new block of stills and behind the scenes shots have been released and so we're bumping this back up.]

Not so long ago the word was that French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet would be directing a big screen adaptation of acclaimed novel The Life Of Pi a decision that seemed sound on all sides - he's definitely got the needed outlook and skills to pull it off - but at the same time rather bland and safe and boring. And so there was no weeping in the House of ScreenAnarchy when word surfaced that Jeunet was withdrawing from that project - the official reason was given as budgetary concerns - and instead staying in France and returning to the sort of fantasy-tinged comedy that made his name. The film is Micmacs A Tire Larigot, a film written by Jeunet himself along with regular writing partner Guillaume Laurant, with whom he also co-wrote A Very Long Engagement and City of Lost Children.

Is it better to live with a bullet lodged in your brain, even if it means you might drop dead any time? Or would you rather have the bullet taken out and live the rest of your life as a vegetable? Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes? Is scrap metal worth more than landmines? Can you get drunk from eating waffles? Can a woman fit inside a refrigerator? What's the human cannonball world record? Find out answers to these questions and more. A comedy in the vein of Delicatessen and Amélie.

The film's French release is still some time off in the distance but the first gallery of stills has arrived online, they are fantastic, and we've got 'em. Hit the link below to check them out.

And, yes, because it wouldn't be a Jeunet film without him, Dominique Pinon does have a role.

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GAPSJanuary 6, 2009 1:01 PM

Awesome news. It’s been far too long since Un Long Dimanche.

Anyone got any explanation for the title? It seems to be just names, but they sound like they would have a bit more weight to them if you knew French... which I don’t.

CheechWizzJanuary 6, 2009 6:00 PM

Well there may have been no weeping in the house of twitch, the house of cheech was definitely in mourning after Jeunet withdrew from the project. One of my favorite books filmed by one of my favorite directors and THE best suited for the job. Alas it was not mend to be, I just pray the project hasn't gone back to Shyamalan.

san ku kaiJanuary 6, 2009 7:21 PM

I know a bit of French, but still had to look it up ...
"Micmac" could be just a name, but seems to also mean "carry on" ...
"a tire larigot" means "as much as one likes, to one's heart's content"

EricNSJanuary 8, 2009 1:08 AM

"MicMacs à tire l'arigot" is quite difficult to translate. It's not standard french, but slang.

"MicMacs" means "troubles, puzzle, confusion, etc...". It is used to describe complicated, inextricable and messy situations. "A tire l'arigot" means, roughly, "plenty".

It could be translated by "A shit'load of troubles", "Troubles from everywhere" or something like that...

GAPSJanuary 8, 2009 2:01 AM

Aha, slang. Of course. That’s why machine-translate couldn’t handle it.
Your more detailed explanation is quite different to san ku kai’s. Changes the tone of my expectations for the film a lot! It’s also a lot easier to make a suitable English title from. I wondered how they were going to get something catchy out of “Carry on as much as you like,” as nice as that sentiment is...

ScottFJanuary 9, 2009 1:05 AM

Always exciting to see Jeunet working on a film. Does anyone know if he uses the same production/set designer each time? His movie settings and props are always so uniquely "Jeunet".

gotadventureJanuary 9, 2009 7:48 PM

I think I speak for the ENTIRE WORLD, oh yeah I'm going there, when I say yeah more jay! Bring it you beautiful French bastard!!!!

ChevalierAguilaMarch 15, 2009 5:45 PM

So, i'm the only one here who hates Amelie? Let's just leave it like that then.