“I was happy to re­turn to France where it is the law that a di­rec­tor is al­ways in charge of his film. That is not so in Hol­ly­wood”

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seem to see a mar­riage slowly tear­ing it­self apart. On Del­i­catessen and The City of Lost Chil­dren, Je­unet and Caro are cred­ited as codi­rec­tors. On the some­what un­der­whelm­ing Alien: Res­ur­rec­tion, Je­unet is listed as di­rec­tor and Caro is a mere “artis­tic di­rec­tor”. By the time we get to 2001’s Amélie, Marc has dis­ap­peared from the cred­its en­tirely.

“Look, the mir­a­cle was that we man­aged to make two films to­gether in the first place. If you have two direc­tors, they are of­ten broth­ers like the Coens. We were not broth­ers. He was in charge of the artis­tic as­pects and I was in charge of di­rec­tion. That worked fine for a while, but it grad­u­ally be­came dif­fi­cult. Marc could not have made Amélie. It just wasn’t his ter­ri­tory.”

Have they man­aged to re­main friends?

“Oh yes. Oh yes. I have helped him out on var­i­ous things. He now lived in Provence in an old church. Very nice.”

Most hur­ried bi­ogra­phies of Je­unet de­scribe his ex­pe­ri­ence in Hol­ly­wood as be­ing some­thing of a catas­tro­phe. But that’s not quite how he re­mem­bers it. Af­ter The City of Lost Chil­dren – a fan­tas­tic, dystopian fairy tale – he sounded like a good pick for the fourth film in the Alien cy­cle.

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