The Cars That Ate Paris

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The residents of a small Australian town survive by causing traffic accidents, stripping the cars and stealing the valuables. When Arthur (Terry Camilleri) and his brother, George, have the misfortune of going through Paris, they become victims as well. George is killed in the accident, and Arthur is sent to a hospital where he struggles to remember how he arrived. Meanwhile, the mayor (John Meillon) has difficulty with Paris' younger residents, who have grown unpredictable lately.

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Critic Reviews for The Cars That Ate Paris

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (6)

  • The whole thing is played too broadly, but home-improvement victims will appreciate the unending weeks it takes for a simple bathroom to be converted into a piece of avant-garde sculpture.

    September 28, 2018 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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  • The Cars That Ate Paris is both part of that and a carnivalesque reflection of it. It's a complicated satire and a violent and eccentric classic.

    September 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The tone is beautifully sustained throughout, hovering just on the right side of conviction, with superbly understated comic performances from Camilleri and Meillon (the latter as a cosmically impotent mayor).

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    David Pirie

    Time Out
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  • The Cars That Ate Paris is a strange affair. It's a dark comedy and it's satirical, but it's also quite, quite insane.

    September 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It resists rational explanation and has a lot of first-filmish lapses, but the mix of black humour and J.G. Ballardian kink is very distinctive.

    September 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At the end of the story the young men rebel against discipline and use the stock cars to attack and destroy many of the wooden buildings in the town. I looked for symbolism here and failed to find it.

    June 24, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cars That Ate Paris

  • Jul 30, 2011
    First off, this is Paris: Australia, not Paris: France. It's a charming little horror debut from Peter Weir that sits somewhere between Clockwork Orange and The Wicker Man. It is dated and would now be worth remaking, but for fans of Weir it's wonderful to see his early work.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I found this movie confusing, slow, boring, and very strange. I wasn't sure if anything was actually going on. I wouldn't recommend seeing this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2010
    Can't really remember much about this apart from it was bad, and i was young and recorded it off tv because it sounded random. If i had known it was'nt Paris France i would'nt have bothered. 3/10
    Nyk P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2010
    Horror movie genre that involves killing machines specially cars are mostly bad ideas to start with. This is an early film of director Peter Weir (Gallipoli). The plot is very laughable and the special effect is not even up to the standard of the 70's. What made this movie really shine though is the film quality and the music scores. The music in this film really stood out and definitely is worth listening while laughing your way through this cheesy, evil car film.
    Jojo S Super Reviewer

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