Zazie dans le métro

Zazie dans le métro

DVD - 2011 | French
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Zazie is an energetic, saucy little girl from the suburbs who comes to Paris with her mother Jeanne for the weekend. Jeanne has an urgent appointment with her lover, so Uncle Gabby will be looking after Zazie. Zazie particularly wants to ride the Metro--the subway--but the train staff is on strike. So after the obligatory sightseeing trip to the Eiffel Tower, Zazie loses her uncle and embarks on a series of madcap, rather Rabelaisian adventures. While visually borrowing from silent films and cartoons, there is quite a lot of humor, social satire, cultural and linguistic commentary (drawn directly from the novel) that is incomprehensible without a thorough knowledge of French history and culture in the post-war period. To the average American viewer, it is best approached as a surrealistic, farcical slice of French life and enjoyed accordingly.

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Mar 07, 2016

One has to be in the right mood to watch this movie: its fast paced, silly, and halfway between childish and child-like. There is a deeper point to it, but I'll not spoil it for future viewers.

L1br0V0re Sep 14, 2012

I kept having to remind myself that this was done with celluloid, without the benefit of digital software or even videotape. The film is so frenetic, it practically wears you out. While some of the jokes are adult in nature, the film's universe clearly seems to be that of a precocious, free-spirited little girl. It is silly in places, but it's the kind of silliness that children appreciate. It is also entertaining for adults who haven't forgotten the fanciful worldview of their childhood. Nothing very heavy here. Sometimes, in modern children's stories, the lightness, the whimsy, the nonsense, the non-threatening magic is too suppressed. Don't try to figure out the method to Zazie's madness; just enjoy the ride.

brendancarlson Apr 13, 2012

A fun quirky experience (for kids?).

Glencoe_Mike Sep 19, 2011

A lot of fun if you have a stomach for Parisian New Wave whimsy.

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