Louison: This is a job for the Australian!
A dark French comedy set in a dilapidated apartment building in a post-apocalyptic time period, featuring a number of quirky characters.
The story involves the landlord of the building who is also a butcher. Due to the lack of food, he has gone through desperate measures to maintain power over his tenants by murdering people and making them into food for the tenants with currency for trade.
The latest victim will be an unemployed clown, played by Dominique Pinon, who comes to work as a handyman, not knowing of course the situation he has put himself in. During this time he meets the various tenants of the apartment.
The movie revolves around the various characters in the apartment, some other figures emerging over time, and what is to come of the food situation.
The film was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who specializes in making a movies steeped in stylized art direction and production design, which fits with the various idiosyncrasies of the characters. Here the film has a distinctive tone fitting with its story and combined with wide angles and obscure camera movements it all works.
The story is a bit thin compared to Jeunet's others like Amelie or City of Lost Children, but the familiar elements of those films are still here and make it enjoyable nonetheless.
Louison: Nobody is entirely evil: it's that circumstances that make them evil, or they don't know they are doing evil.