Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a French film director and screenwriter known for the films Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, Alien: Resurrection and Amélie. Jean-Pierre Jeunet was born in Roanne, Loire, France. He bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation at Cinémation Studios. He befriended Marc Caro, a designer and comic book artist who became his longtime collaborator and co-director. They met at an animation festival in Annecy in 1974. Together, Jeunet and Caro directed award-winning animations. Their first live action film was The Bunker of the Last Gunshots (1981), a short film about soldiers in a bleak futuristic world. Jeunet also directed numerous advertisements and music videos, such as Jean Michel Jarre's Zoolook (together with Caro). Jeunet's films often resonate with the late twentieth century French film movement, cinéma du look, and allude to themes and aesthetics involving German expressionism, French poetic realism, and the French New Wave. Jeunet and Caro's first feature film was Delicatessen (1991), a melancholy comedy set in a famine-plagued post-apocalyptic world, in which an apartment building above a delicatessen is ruled by a butcher who kills people in order to feed his tenants. They next made The City of Lost Children (1995), a dark, multi-layered fantasy film about a mad scientist who steals children's dreams so that he can live indefinitely.[3] The success of The City of Lost Children led to an ...

Amélie (2001)

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At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Audrey Tautou  •  Mathieu Kassovitz  •  Rufus  •  Jamel Debbouze

At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Audrey Tautou  •  Mathieu Kassovitz  •  Rufus  •  Jamel Debbouze

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Young Frenchwoman Mathilde searches for the truth about her missing fiancé, lost during World War I, and learns many unexpected things along the way. The love of her life is gone. But she refuses to believe he's gone forever — and she needs to know for sure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Audrey Tautou  •  Gaspard Ulliel  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Chantal Neuwirth

Young Frenchwoman Mathilde searches for the truth about her missing fiancé, lost during World War I, and learns many unexpected things along the way. The love of her life is gone. But she refuses to believe he's gone forever — and she needs to know for sure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Audrey Tautou  •  Gaspard Ulliel  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Chantal Neuwirth

Alien Resurrection (1997)

Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Winona Ryder  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Ron Perlman

Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Winona Ryder  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Ron Perlman

Delicatessen (1991)

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In a post-apocalyptic world, the residents of an apartment above the butcher shop receive an occasional delicacy of meat, something that is in low supply. A young man new in town falls in love with the butcher's daughter, which causes conflicts in her family, who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Marc Caro
CAST:  Dominique Pinon  •  Marie-Laure Dougnac  •  Jean-Claude Dreyfus  •  Karin Viard

In a post-apocalyptic world, the residents of an apartment above the butcher shop receive an occasional delicacy of meat, something that is in low supply. A young man new in town falls in love with the butcher's daughter, which causes conflicts in her family, who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Marc Caro
CAST:  Dominique Pinon  •  Marie-Laure Dougnac  •  Jean-Claude Dreyfus  •  Karin Viard

The City of Lost Children (1995)

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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Marc Caro
CAST:  Ron Perlman  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Judith Vittet  •  Daniel Emilfork

A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Marc Caro
CAST:  Ron Perlman  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Judith Vittet  •  Daniel Emilfork

Riding a Train of Thoughts (2014)

A documentary directed by Julien Lecat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Lecat
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Reif Larsen  •  Kyle Catlett  •  Guillaume Laurant

A documentary directed by Julien Lecat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Lecat
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Reif Larsen  •  Kyle Catlett  •  Guillaume Laurant

The Bunker of the Last Gunshots (1981)

A military group of men is locked up in a bunker in an unknown future. All those soldiers are waiting for an eventual enemy. But the discovery of a certain project will cause several catastrophies and will make those men kill each other...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Marc Caro
CAST:  Jean Marie De Busscher  •  Marc Caro  •  Patrice Succi  •  Gilles Adrien

A military group of men is locked up in a bunker in an unknown future. All those soldiers are waiting for an eventual enemy. But the discovery of a certain project will cause several catastrophies and will make those men kill each other...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Marc Caro
CAST:  Jean Marie De Busscher  •  Marc Caro  •  Patrice Succi  •  Gilles Adrien

No Rest for Billy Brakko (1984)

On a winter evening Billy Brakko buys a paper and reads: "The famous Billy Brakko is dead!" An early short film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Jean Bouise  •  Marc Caro  •  Phil Gascar  •  Jean-Pierre Jeunet

On a winter evening Billy Brakko buys a paper and reads: "The famous Billy Brakko is dead!" An early short film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Jean Bouise  •  Marc Caro  •  Phil Gascar  •  Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Le Manège (1980)

An early stop motion animated short film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With puppets by Marc Caro.  (more)

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An early stop motion animated short film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With puppets by Marc Caro.  (more)

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The Extraordinary Voyage (2011)

An account of the extraordinary life of film pioneer Georges Méliès (1861-1938) and the amazing story of the copy in color of his masterpiece “A Trip to the Moon” (1902), unexpectedly found in Spain and restored thanks to the heroic efforts of a group of true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Serge Bromberg  •  Eric Lange
CAST:  Michel Gondry  •  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Michel Hazanavicius

An account of the extraordinary life of film pioneer Georges Méliès (1861-1938) and the amazing story of the copy in color of his masterpiece “A Trip to the Moon” (1902), unexpectedly found in Spain and restored thanks to the heroic efforts of a group of true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Serge Bromberg  •  Eric Lange
CAST:  Michel Gondry  •  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Michel Hazanavicius

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

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A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Robert Maillet  •  Niamh Wilson  •  Callum Keith Rennie

A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Robert Maillet  •  Niamh Wilson  •  Callum Keith Rennie

Micmacs (2009)

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While standing in the doorway of the video shop where he works, Bazil is inadvertently shot in the head. Now homeless and jobless, he is taken in by a troupe of misfits who live in a giant mound of trash. There Bazil begins his quest for revenge against the people ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Dany Boon  •  Dominique Pinon  •  André Dussollier  •  Jean-Pierre Marielle

While standing in the doorway of the video shop where he works, Bazil is inadvertently shot in the head. Now homeless and jobless, he is taken in by a troupe of misfits who live in a giant mound of trash. There Bazil begins his quest for revenge against the people ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Dany Boon  •  Dominique Pinon  •  André Dussollier  •  Jean-Pierre Marielle

Things I Like, Things I Don't Like (1989)

Dominique Pinon takes the viewer through various examples of what he "likes and dislikes."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Dominique Pinon

Dominique Pinon takes the viewer through various examples of what he "likes and dislikes."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Dominique Pinon

Casanova (2015)

Exiled from his beloved Venice, Giacomo Casanova flees to Paris at the dawn of the Enlightenment in hopes of putting his reputation as a playboy behind him. But old habits die hard, and temptation is everywhere as Casanova finds a wealth of new opportunity and trouble.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Diego Luna  •  Bojana Novaković  •  Ben Daniels  •  Amelia Clarkson

Exiled from his beloved Venice, Giacomo Casanova flees to Paris at the dawn of the Enlightenment in hopes of putting his reputation as a playboy behind him. But old habits die hard, and temptation is everywhere as Casanova finds a wealth of new opportunity and trouble.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Diego Luna  •  Bojana Novaković  •  Ben Daniels  •  Amelia Clarkson

One Step Beyond: Making 'Alien: Resurrection' (2003)

The making of Alien Resurrection (1997) is covered in this feature-length documentary, created for the film's 2003 DVD release. The cast and crew tell us how this movie came to be, from it's script which never changed through production, to its initial theatrical ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles de Lauzirika
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Winona Ryder  •  Ron Perlman

The making of Alien Resurrection (1997) is covered in this feature-length documentary, created for the film's 2003 DVD release. The cast and crew tell us how this movie came to be, from it's script which never changed through production, to its initial theatrical ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles de Lauzirika
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Winona Ryder  •  Ron Perlman

Two Snails Set Off (2017)

A forest full of animated animals encourage a pair of snails, who are fully clad in black because they are in mourning for a dead leaf, to celebrate the new spring and reclaim the colors of life. Based on the children's poem by Jacques Prévert entitled "Chanson des ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Romain Segaud
CAST:  Sarah Bauer  •  Marie-Julie Baup  •  Jean-Pierre Becker  •  Dominique Bettenfeld

A forest full of animated animals encourage a pair of snails, who are fully clad in black because they are in mourning for a dead leaf, to celebrate the new spring and reclaim the colors of life. Based on the children's poem by Jacques Prévert entitled "Chanson des ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Romain Segaud
CAST:  Sarah Bauer  •  Marie-Julie Baup  •  Jean-Pierre Becker  •  Dominique Bettenfeld

Bigbug (2022)

Set in the world of 2045, where communities have robotic helpers, a group of suburbanites are locked in for their protection by their household robots, while a rogue, self-aware AI android revolt uprising takes place outside.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Claire Chust  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Elsa Zylberstein  •  Alban Lenoir

Set in the world of 2045, where communities have robotic helpers, a group of suburbanites are locked in for their protection by their household robots, while a rogue, self-aware AI android revolt uprising takes place outside.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Claire Chust  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Elsa Zylberstein  •  Alban Lenoir

L'évasion (1978)

Jeunet and Caro capture the story of an attempted prison escape from the Prison de la Santé in Paris. As the escape artists travels through tunnels and squeeze his way through freshly cut bars, he finds himself in an endless labyrinth underneath the confining walls ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Marc Caro
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Jeunet and Caro capture the story of an attempted prison escape from the Prison de la Santé in Paris. As the escape artists travels through tunnels and squeeze his way through freshly cut bars, he finds himself in an endless labyrinth underneath the confining walls ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  •  Marc Caro
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Train de Nuit (2009)

Follow the romantic paths of Audrey Tautou on a night train to Istanbul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Audrey Tautou

Follow the romantic paths of Audrey Tautou on a night train to Istanbul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Audrey Tautou