Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the Subway)
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Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the Subway)
The lighthearted comedy Zazie Dans Le Metro, an early directorial effort from Louis Malle, stars Catherine Demongeot as a 12-year-old girl named Zazie. Zazie is forced to travel to Paris when her mother wants to rendezvous with her lover. Zazie is left in the care of Uncle Gabriel (Philippe Noiret), an eccentric transvestite. Both with him, and on her own, Zazie meets a variety of unusual city dwellers, and gets into a series of misadventures that reach their greatest level of wackiness during a café food fight. The film is based on a novel by the distinguished French author Raymond Queneau. ~… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So inventive that it's exhausting, this is a rare thing indeed -- a family film for cynics."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"It has survived the years much better than other indulgent frolics, mainly because Malle really does seem motivated by gleeful malice and anarchy -- he's not just toying with a fashionable mood."
‑ , Time Out
"Jazzy and daring...takes Raymond Queneau's novel-the sort generally considered 'unfilmable' and makes a film so cinematic as to appear sui generis. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Brilliant if barking mad."
‑ , Film4
"It works, not despite its mélange of slapstick, tragedy, farce and satire, but because of it."
‑ , Senses of Cinema
"Arguably Louis Malle's best work."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Malle uses tons of editing tricks, both crude and cutting edge for the time, and turns Paris into a wild playground for a wonderfully anarchic romp."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Zazie, you're so darned adorable, you even make getting picked up by Aqualung look like fun."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"The film is a visual feast that's well-acted and charming more often than not, but those looking for a tighter narrative or well-knit plot may prefer Malle's more serious-minded works."
‑ , Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"I don't believe that I'm familiar with any New Wave film so full of that energy as Louis Malle's third feature, Zazie in the Metro."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It has some risible bits but is, in all, somewhat diffuse."
‑ , Variety
"a fun movie in its own way, but also one that wears on you by the end, as Malle exhausts us while exhausting his arsenal of cinematic tricks"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Malle's movie is an anarchist farce, baldly, bravely approximating the worldview of its titular heroine, a spritely, irreverent, vandalizing brat."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Turner Classic Movies Online
"An acquired taste, but for those who are big fans of challenging, chaotic new wave French cinema go wild."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Even if it's a failure, which I think it is, it's still an interesting failure with possibilities there's something worth picking up out of the rubble. Just don't ask me what that is at this time."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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