DIRECTOR: MARC CARO & JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET
CAST: DOMINIQUE PINON, MARIE-LAURE DOUGNAC, JEAN-CLAUDE DREYFUS
The first feature by Jeunet and Caro, who had only completed a handful of shorts when they stunned the world with this antic, stylish debut—a skewed, funhouse mirror vision informed by comic strips, gonzo animation, and silent comedy. In a post-apocalyptic cityscape, an unemployed circus clown finds himself privy to the secrets of a butcher’s shop that has resorted to cannibalism. Shot in hues of burnished gold by Khondji, this deliciously dark debut created an entire fallen world on a shoestring, becoming an art house phenomenon along the way.
Screening as a part of Darius Khondji.