This flick has always felt more like a Guillermo del Toro film than a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film, even though del Toro was only just getting ready for his second effort (MIMIC) at the time this came out. The amount of imagination in the film, playing with fables and fantasy, these are traits that are show up consistently in the work of del Toro. Jeunet started his career creating worlds like that but after DELICATESSEN and CITY OF LOST CHILDREN he started to move away from style of storytelling, to the detriment of his own films I think (looking at you ALIEN: RESURRECTION). However, this film is incredibly stunning, playing with nightmares and bizarre realities while being confusing, comforting and frightening all at once.
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