“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”
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.