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Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet deftly combines horror, sci-fi, and humor in Delicatessen, a morbid comedy set in a visually ravishing futuristic dystopia. Read critic reviews

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Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) is a butcher who owns a run-down apartment building in post-apocalyptic France. The building is in constant need of a handyman, because Clapet routinely butchers them and sells them as food. The latest in the long ling of disposable workers is Louison (Dominique Pinon), a former circus clown desperate for work and lodging. But this time Clapet's plan hits a snag when his young daughter (Marie-Laure Dougnac) falls head over heels for the lovable Louison.

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Rufus
Robert Kube
Ticky Holgado
Marcel Tapioca
Anne-Marie Pisani
Madame Tapioca
Silvie Laguna
Aurore Interligator
Jean-Francois Perrier
Georges Interligator
Karin Viard
Mademoiselle Plusse
Marc Caro
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Darius Khondji
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Valérie Pozzo di Borgo
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  • Sep 30, 2015
    Delicatessen is a very visually stimulating film. Despite the impression that the description creates, the film is about as much a horror movie as Army of Darkness is. Rather I would say the film is a fiendish and surreal comedy. Whether you enjoy the film or not will largely come down to taste. The acting and filmmaking are good enough to at least warrant a view so you can see for yourself.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2015
    Made about twenty years too late, Delicatessen is still a good example of European arthouse that (unlike most) still manages to skirt the realm of having an actual story. Those who can't bear subtitles would do best to avoid this post-apocalyptic French comedy, those who can may still not find it enjoyable, but for a certain group of us, Delicatessen is fine, just fine.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2012
    A former clown lives in a tenement that features several quirky characters including a cannibalistic butcher. Super Reviewer Alice Shen contends that Jean-Pierre Jeunet had one good idea, <i>Amelie</i>. I disagree only because I love <i>A Very Long Engagement</i> and liked <i>Micmacs</i>, but her view that his work descends into a convoluted mess when he is unable to seamlessly entwine his characters and plotlines is well-taken in the case of <i>Delicatessen</i>. The underground army that plays a seminal role in the film's conclusion isn't introduced until the second act, and even then, I thought they were just passing through, on their way to another movie. The quirky "sex symphony" and the quirkier frog man weren't interesting or amusing; they were just Jeunet trying too hard. I also think that Dominque Pinon, winner of the Most Interesting-Looking Face award, is more suitable to supporting roles, where he can provide the perfect balance to the film's straight man, as he does in <i>A Very Long Engagement</i>. Overall, this is not Jeunet's best work, but it's better than most films about cannibalism.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2012
    This is exactly like Brazil. That is to say, the movies look really really similar, in thier cluttered sets, quirky characters and post-apocalyptic yet casual world. I liked it as much as I liked Brazil. It was fun, kinda cool, but not really my cup of tea. It kind of bothered me the way it couldn't quite pick what genre it was supposed to be. I think it wanted to be a comedy.
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