Directing team Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro (City of Lost Children, Amélie) burst onto the cinema scene with this wonderfully macabre, fancifully futuristic comedy filled with slapstick wit and visual wonder.
“Manic fun … this lunatic’s take on the future of man is so delightfully warped that it’s impossible to shake it out of your head and go get a decent night’s sleep.” – Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
In a dilapidated apartment building in post-apocalyptic France, food is in short supply and grain is used as currency. Louison (Dominique Pinon, Diva), a gentle and resourceful ex-circus clown, is hired by a not-so-benevolent butcher to do odd jobs around the building. Lousion falls for the sweet and innocent butcher’s daughter, Julie, but her father is serving a very special kind of meat in the delicatessen … and Louison is shocked to learn that he may be the next entrée. This dark tale is played out in a brilliantly designed, gloriously surreal alternate world reminiscent of the works of director Terry Gilliam, who co-presented the film’s American release. Like Gilliam, co-directors Jeunet and Caro hail from an animation background, and with their unique black comedy Delicatessen, they firmly established their fondness for extravagant visuals, absurdist plot twists, and a wicked sense of humor that combines sharp satire with broad slapstick and gross-out imagery. (Dir. by Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1991, France, in French with subtitles, 99 mins., Rated R)