Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 13 Jul 2008
Featuring Delicatessen & The Bunker of the Last Gunshots City of the Lost Children Although they have only made two feature films together, Jeunet & Caro’s films are instantly recognisable for their distinctive heightened look and innovative visual flair. Marc Caro’s part-sci-fi-part-junk-shop production design is remarkable with its rich colour palette and fastidious attention to detail. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s inventive use of the camera adds a lush and spell-binding otherworldliness to their stories. This box-set features both the surreal black comedy Delicatessen that made their name, and dark fairy tale City of Lost Children, as well as a little seen short film from Marc Caro, who’s eagerly awaited directorial debut is out later this year. DELICATESSEN (1991) “Wild, weird and deeply wonderful” EMPIRE Set in a post-apocalyptic world where food is scarce, the story revolves around an ex-clown (Dominique Pinon City Of Lost Children, Amelie) who gets a handyman job in an apartment building and then falls for the daughter of the building’s owner – an imposing butcher who has resorted to murderous ways to get his meat. THE BUNKER OF THE LAST GUNSHOTS (1981) An early collaboration from Director’s Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, The Bunker tells the futuristic tale of a group of paranoid and distraught soldiers trapped in an underground bunker awaiting the imminent attack from their enemy. But a strange discovery sets off a series of dramatic events that can only lead to betrayal and eventually death. With a profound sense for the absurd and a uniquely stylised vision, Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet play with narratives and themes that they would later elaborate on in future projects such as Delicatessen and The City Of Lost Children. CITY OF THE LOST CHILDREN (1995) “A fantastical alternate world located somewhere between Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Jules Verne's France” ***** EMPIRE When the adopted son of a former circus strongman (Ron Perlman – Cronos, Hellboy, The Name Of The Rose) is abducted from a small fishing village by mysterious forces, he enlists the help of street urchin Miette (Judith Villet) and together they set forth on a surreal journey that will eventually lead them into the strange world of tormented scientist Krank. Aided by his group of clones and a disembodied brain called Irvin, Krank is intent on kidnapping children so as to steal there dreams and use them to reverse his aging process. Visually captivating, The City Of Lost Children remains one of the most original fantasy films in contemporary cinema.