Jean – Pierre Jeunet is a famous contemporary French director known for his popular and strange films, sometimes bizarre, sometimes sweet. He is good at telling a touching story with a good sense of humor. His movie was critical and box office success, and won several awards at major international film festivals, including the Best Film award at the French César Awards and Oscar nominations.
In 1974, Jeunet got acquainted with his work partner Marc Caro. They have same interest: comic book, animation and movie. Then, they started to work together to shoot their own movie, made several short movies and two feature movies. Jeunet and Caro divided responsibilities with the former guiding the actors and the latter coordinating the artistic elements. Success of those movies brought them widespread international attention, thus Jeunet got an invitation to direct movie in Hollywood. After that, Jeunet came back to France in order to make his personal movie. He changed the tone, narrative style from his earlier films and used many romantic comedy elements. It also used so much imagination and visual effects that brought audiences into the world of whimsy. This movie made the biggest worldwide success of French cinema history, and surprised Jeunet took an adaptation of the novel written by Sébastien Japrisot, Un long dimanche de fiançailles.
This thesis divides into tree chapters: Chapter one is “Cinema narrative theory”, to explain those ideas of Propp, Gréimas, Genette and Metz. Chapter two “Career and filmography of Jeunet” is introduce of Jeunet’s films. In Chapter three “A study of the film: Un long dimanche de fiançailles”, we discussed the structure and characters of this movie to find narrative style and magic of Jeunet.