Bean Counter: 5 Beans out of 5!
This video was recommended by a friend to whom I think
I owe a sushi dinner to for this gem of a film.
This fantastically filmed subtitled movie is based in
a mist-shrouded possible future of France. A grieving
ex-clown takes a job as janitor in a crumbling apartment
block. Unbeknownst to him, previous janitors have ended
up on neighbours' dinner tables via the butcher who
hired him. When he innocently falls for the butcher's
myopic daughter, the knife is held back to spare her
feelings, but the butcher-landlord still needs to find
unsuspecting victims to keep his customers happy with
The film's cinematography, hilarious vignettes, slapstick
gags, and sweetly eccentric characters, delivers the
kind of comedy that springs from a unique imagination,
and it's handled with such visual virtuosity that you
can't help but be mesmerized. There's some priceless
comedy happening here, from all of Aurore's crazy suicide
schemes to the scene where everyone in the building
takes up the rhythm of the butcher's bedsprings as he
cavorts with his lover! A work of pure genius.