Regardez Les Micmacs

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films implicitly promise a number of elements that give his fans that warm, familiar, fuzzy feeling. Simply watching one of his trailers sends shivers of joy when the smushy-faced Dominique Pinon appears on screen. The director of Amelie and City of Lost Children promises a number of things in his new film Micmacs (or "meek-a-mucks," using the proper French pronunciation), including backdrops that always look like it's just about to rain and extreme close-ups of eccentric French faces. But these wouldn't add up to great movies if it weren't for his wildly imaginative storylines. Micmacs à tire-larigot stars Danny Boon as Bazil, a man on a mission to blow up two weapons manufacturers. I hesitate to describe the storyline, and advise against looking it up, as the direction in which each event leads to another is always a joy to watch in Jeunet's films. But you can be sure of colorful and sympathetic villains, a band of strange misfits always on a mission, and a beautiful score accompanying the action. Micmacs shows this weekend as part of the Magnolia at the Modern series at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Showtimes are 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $8.50, or $6.50 for Modern members. Visit themodern.org.
July 2-3, 2010

 
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