Review: Jean-Pierre Jeuent’s ‘BigBug’ Satirizes the Human Obsession With Tech Story

Jean-Pierre Jeuent is best known for the quirky rom-com Amélie.  It’s been a decade since he released a film, but if fans were hoping for a heartwarming follow-up, they will be disappointed.

His latest, BigBug, available on Netflix, is sort of about a future dystopia sentient AI revolt film. And then it’s sort of a parody of a future dystopia sentient AI revolt. 

But really the plot is almost incidental. BigBug is a farcical meditation on/pastiche of fears and dreams about robots and technology. It’s a bright, saturated, automated cyborg ballet that compulsively disassembles itself.

The ”story” is set in 2050, at the home of bourgeois divorced homeowner Alice (Elsa Zylberstein). A group of acquaintances and neighbors are gathered at her house when the automated security system declares an emergency and locks the doors. 

This may or may not be related to the android Yonyx program; the maniacally smiling Yonyx (all of whom are played by François Levantal) appear to be planning to eliminate humans, and/or humiliate them in reality programming games, and/or to eat them.

The AI revolt is a standard science-fiction plot from Terminator to Battlestar Galactica. But here it’s just one among many of the robot anxieties on offer.