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TIFF 2009 Day 7: Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs

A welcomed “diversion” to my viewing slate, Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator wasn’t the first picture that came to mind when watching Dany Boon’s miming about in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “anti-war” themed pic.

A welcomed “diversion” to my viewing slate, Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator wasn’t the first picture that came to mind when watching Dany Boon’s miming about in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “anti-war” themed pic. I wasn’t thinking of anti-war pics, and it was upon further reflection that I thought about the whole non-violence combating violence discourse of the film, but it was the collection of pics from the late 70’s/early 80’s films that I grew up on that I had in mind. In my estimation, Jeunet’s Micmacs delivers that tingling feeling sensation that we find in spades in Amelie, the pic is a technically fun film to watch, and is inoffensive, quirky and highly imaginative – I’m hoping that Sony Pictures Classics have a great run with the picture. Full reviewing coming soon.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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