Jean-Pierre Jeunet (born 3 September 1953) is a French film director.
Jeunet and Caro’s first feature film was Delicatessen (1991), a black comedy set in a famine-plagued post-apocalyptic world, in which an apartment building above a delicatessen is ruled by a butcher who kills people in order to feed his tenants. They next made The City of Lost Children (1995), a dark, multi-layered fantasy film about a mad scientist who kidnaps children in order to steal their dreams thus preventing him from aging prematurely. The success of The City of Lost Children led to an invitation to direct the fourth movie in the Alien series–Alien Resurrection (1997). Like his subsequent films, this one is credited only to Jeunet, although Caro did some work on the art design. Jeunet returned to France. The clout of having a Hollywood film under his belt gave him free rein on his next project, Amélie, starring Audrey Tautou. Amélie diverges in tone from his earlier films, as it has romantic and comedic elements and lacks his previous films’ dark mise-en-scene. This change is sometimes attributed to Caro’s minimal participation. This story, about a woman who takes pleasure in doing good deeds but cannot find love herself, was a huge critical and commercial success worldwide and was nominated for several Academy Awards. For this film, Jeunet also gained a European Film Award for Best Director.
In 2004, Jeunet released A Very Long Engagement, an adaptation of the novel by Sébastien Japrisot. The film, starring Audrey Tautou, chronicled a woman’s search for her missing lover after World War I.
In 2006 Jeunet rejected an offer to direct Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.
In 2007, Jeunet pulled out of directing Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi for budgetary reasons.
In 2009 he released Micmacs à tire-larigot.