Video Review

Zazie dans le Metro (1990)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language; With: Catherine Demongeot, Anna Karina and Philippe Noiret; Distributor: New Yorker Video

If you think the French New Wave was all ennui and heartbreak, however, you owe it to yourself to check out Zazie dans le Métro, Louis Malle's certifiably demented third film. It's in color (the print here is lovely to see), and it blends the New Wave's rule-breaking rudeness with the hyperactive slapstick of the Keystone Kops. Nominally following the adventures of Zazie (Catherine Demongeot), a distaff Bart Simpson visiting her Parisian ''Unkie'' (Philippe Noiret), Zazie compresses throwaway gags, sped-up chases, rash insults, and spectacular destruction into a French Laugh-In with anarchic bite. So inventive that it's exhausting, this is a rare thing indeed-a family film for cynics. B+

Originally posted Jan 25, 1991 Published in issue #50 Jan 25, 1991 Order article reprints

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