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Delicatessen (1991)

Cast: Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, more...
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Foreign, Science Fiction , Black Comedy, Post-Apocalypse, France
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A post-apocalyptic future becomes the setting for pitch black humor in this visually intricate French comedy. The action takes place within a single apartment complex, which is owned by the same man that operates the downstairs butcher shop. It's a particularly popular place to live, thanks to the butcher's uncanny ability to find excellent cuts of meat despite the horrible living conditions outside. The newest building superintendent, a former circus clown, thinks he has found an ideal living situation. All that changes, however, when he discovers the true source of the butcher's meat, and that he may be the next main course. This dark tale is played out in a brilliantly designed, glorious surreal alternate world reminiscent of the works of director Terry Gilliam, who co-presented the film's American release. Like Gilliam, co-directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro hail from an animation background, and have a fondness for extravagant visuals, absurdist plot twists, and a sense of humor that combines sharp satire with broad slapstick and gross-out imagery. This mixture may displease the weak of stomach, but those attuned to the film's sensibility will be delighted by the obvious technical virtuosity and wicked sense of humor. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

As Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns to the Bay Area for On Set with French Cinema, Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow talk with the French director about his early work with Marc Caro (Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children), his Hollywood adventure (Alien: Resurrection), his international hits (Amélie and A Very Long Engagement) and his next film, an adaptation of Life of Pi. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Thank God it's here at last! by Vkampmeier December 5, 2006 - 11:19 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
So glad to see that Delicatessen has been released on DVD at last. Although I haven't seen it on DVD yet, I've seen the movie at least five times already and could easily go another five.
Jeunet and Caro have chosen the strangest-looking people for this extremely black comedy, which nonetheless is uplifting as the innocence and good nature of the ex-clown and his myopic girlfriend struggle against the brutality of the post-apocalyptic environment. And it's wonderfully funny.

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