Super Reviewer Alice Shen contends that Jean-Pierre Jeunet had one good idea, Amelie. I disagree only because I love A Very Long Engagement and liked Micmacs, 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 Delicatessen. 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 A Very Long Engagement.
Overall, this is not Jeunet's best work, but it's better than most films about cannibalism.
Quite good! An unusual setting with unusual characters which made this an unusually good movie. It is a flick with deception as it seemed to be a friendly comedy, but it's really smothered with darkness!
Strangely, there's romance and it's the cutest kind that lightens up the rather darkly theme, very enjoyable to sit through. It's funny which was weird for me cause its just so heavy with evilness, I was so concerned and yet I couldn't stop laughing. Its so playful and yet so evil, what a stir.
Definitely a strange one for me but a very manageable sitting. I must say that I liked this a little more than "The City of Lost Children" but anyway it's probably not one for everybody, but it was a good watch for me. I do hope to find more like this, I'm enjoying the seriously weird and strange films that exist, sweet.
This is no where near as good as Jeunets masterpiece Amelie; but it is still a very quirky and entertaining film. Although the movie does have some scenes that are extremely funny; on the whole it isn't that funny of a movie. There is a sex scene that is if not the funniest, then one of the funniest parts of the movie. Overall, Delicatessen is definitely worth a watch, especially if you like Jeunets other movies.
Dominique Pinon stands out among the impressive cast, but the real reason to watch this film is because it's a feast for the eyes. Cinematography, lighting, direction, costumes and performances are all stupendous.
A dark French comedy set in a dilapidated apartment building in a post-apocalyptic time period, featuring a number of quirky characters.
The story involves the landlord of the building who is also a butcher. Due to the lack of food, he has gone through desperate measures to maintain power over his tenants by murdering people and making them into food for the tenants with currency for trade.
The latest victim will be an unemployed clown, played by Dominique Pinon, who comes to work as a handyman, not knowing of course the situation he has put himself in. During this time he meets the various tenants of the apartment.
The movie revolves around the various characters in the apartment, some other figures emerging over time, and what is to come of the food situation.
The film was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who specializes in making a movies steeped in stylized art direction and production design, which fits with the various idiosyncrasies of the characters. Here the film has a distinctive tone fitting with its story and combined with wide angles and obscure camera movements it all works.
The story is a bit thin compared to Jeunet's others like Amelie or City of Lost Children, but the familiar elements of those films are still here and make it enjoyable nonetheless.
Louison: Nobody is entirely evil: it's that circumstances that make them evil, or they don't know they are doing evil.