By: Jette Kernion, reposted from SXSW 3/13/10

Imagine if filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amelie) took the quirkiest, most whimsical, downright funniest bits out of all his films and then jacked them up to 11. If this idea makes you run out of the room screaming, you are probably not the best audience for Micmacs (aka Micmacs a tire-larigot). But for the rest of us, Micmacs -- loosely translated as "Shenanigans" -- is a delight.

Bazil (Dany Boon) is a young video-store worker whose father died when he stepped on a hidden mine. When Bazil is shot in the head by a bullet meant for someone else, he ends up as a medical miracle ... who has lost his job and his home. Fortunately, he encounters a group of waifs and strays who take him in: an inventor of complex but cute mechanisms, a young woman who can calculate anything in her head (Marie-Julie Baup); a human cannonball (Dominique Pinon); the cook and surrogate mama of the clan (Yolande Moreau), and a woman so flexible she can sleep in the refrigerator (Julie Ferrier). Bazil also discovers the headquarters of the company that created the bullet that injured him, and the mine that killed his father, and has to decide how to deal with these entities and their directors.