Zazie dans le Metro' is based on a book by surrealist Raymond Queneau. The book was a huge hit in Paris for the way it wrought bloody havoc on the French language, and so in adapting it to the screen, director Louis Malle sought to do something similar with French cinematics. In this wonderfully loopy movie, you'll find cartoon-style chase sequences, dreamlike reveries, a juggling polar bear, and absolutely no regard for cinematic continuity (characters change costumes and positions whenever you're not looking, and one character even manages to change race!). And the story? A trouble making pre-teen named Zazie spends a weekend in Paris with her uncle who performs at a nightclub. The one thing Zazie wants to do in Paris is ride the Metro, but as the Metro is closed for a workers' strike, she has to find other ways to entertain herself. She outsmarts the authorities, out-creeps the creeps, asks inappropriate questions in inappropriate slanguage, and realizes that the adults of Paris may be even more childish than her. It all builds to one of the most insanely unexpected climaxes I've ever seen -- and considering everything that happens before it, that's saying something!
Zazie, a precocious ten-year-old girl, comes to Paris to visit Gabriel, her flamboyant uncle, and their adventures lead to all sorts of discoveries and unexpected wonders.