Even if Jean-Pierre Jeunet is remembered above all for his international hit ‘Amelie’, that inquential piece of toxic comic book romance that marked an entire indie generation at the beginning of the century, its director has much more interesting films. And it had been almost ten years without major premieres – since the children’s adventure ‘The extraordinary journey of TS Spivet’, which went unnoticed – although he had been seen on the small screen with a one-hour telefilm about Casanova, not so marked by his very personal visual style.
Now he is back on his classic paths with a production for Netflix that recalls, in fact, to the films he filmed almost three decades ago in the company of Marc Caro, the phenomenal ‘Delicatessen’ and ‘The city of lost children’. From them he inherits an aesthetic taste for science fiction typical of the cartoon-strip French more carefree, and the subject of artificial intelligences that Jeunet already covered in his vindicable experience in Hollywood: ‘Alien: Resurrection’.
The machines that fix your life
‘BigBug’ will arrive on February 11 on Netflix and tells how a group of urbanites of the future live an existence completely mediated by intelligent machines that solve even the most mundane aspects of existence. When the Rise of the Machines breaks out, their own robotic assistants lock them up for your own safety.
Colorful and exaggerated humor and old acquaintances of the director, such as the great Dominique Pinon (who has accompanied the director since the days of ‘Delicatessen’) are the key to this film that clearly comes with a humanistic and critical message included. Is it time to welcome Jeunet back to the world of dreamy satire in the style of ‘The City of Lost Children’?