Culture 19 October 2009 LFF #7 -- MICMACS From the London Film Festival: slapstick par excellence Print HTML MICMACSdir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet The full French title of this film, Micmacs à tire-larigot, translates as "non-stop mishmash", which is very appropriate for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's directing style. He is a master of visual comedy, as the grotesque slapstick of his 1991 black comedy Delicatessen proved. It's good to see Jeunet return to this style, after 2001's more popular but less fun Amélie and his ill-advised foray into Hollywood with Alien: Resurrection (1997). MICMACS follows a gang of outcasts who live in a Paris junkyard, as they try to foil not one but two evil weapons manufacturers. It's cartoonish in the best sense, makes great visual use of the ex-industrial outskirts of Paris, and stays just on the right side of sentimental. › Did "we" have a hand in the terrorist attack in Iran? Daniel Trilling is the Editor of New Humanist magazine. He was formerly an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles The New Statesman's Fundamenta-list: the zeitgeist, then and now How Jo Brand found comedy in the world's most thankless job: social work Why is Britain falling out of love with Valentine’s Day?