Soylent Green! It’s made from people! Well, that’s true they do eat people in the film.
It’s like a Rene Clair film gone horribly wrong! True, it does remind one of Under The Roofs Of Paris (1930) and Le Million (1931), but that’s still not quite there.
French New Wave as filtered through MTV! That’s better.
The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that looks just like Great Depression France after being nuked. The entire film takes place in a single apartment complex and the sewers beneath it. It’s an open secret here that people are killed and sold as food. The story mainly follows Julie and Louison. Louison used to perform as a clown. Julie seems to do nothing, but take off her glasses and wander around in the sewers. The film follows their courtship and the discovery of the Troglodytes.
The whole film is tinted yellow except for one that is green. Combined with the post-apocalyptic apartment this makes the film feel surreal, but the film never really lets you get lost in that and maintains that tone. Instead, we get repeated suicide attempts, a bullshit detector, and other scenes that ruined the film for me.
If you enjoyed The Lovers On The Bridge, then you might like this. Otherwise skip it.