Delicatessen

Delicatessen

4.5 8
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Cast: Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac

     
 

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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… See more details below

Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The late-to-DVD arrival of this celebrated 1991 black comedy seems all the more surprising when one considers that it’s the film that put Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet on the map. But it is welcome nonetheless. Working in tandem with fellow Frenchman Marc Caro, Jeunet gave Delicatessen all the ingredients it needed to become an instant cult classic: a post-apocalyptic setting, laughs and thrills, star-crossed lovers, and, most important -- cannibalism. Taking a janitorial job in a crumbling apartment building, Louison (Dominique Pinion), a grieving former clown, soon finds himself in deep trouble. With meat incredibly scarce and desirable, previous janitors have ended up on the residents’ dinner tables by way of the local butcher shop. Louison falls for the butcher’s nearsighted daughter and thus earns a reprieve -- but perhaps not for long. Directors Caro and Jeunet turn the outrageousness of the central gambit into the film’s greatest asset, gleefully playing with the viewer’s expectations and sending the plot spiraling off on unpredictable tangents. A masterpiece of fantastic cinema that won awards from France to Tokyo, this Delicatessen is a meaty treat for those who enjoy films with a bizarre taste.
All Movie Guide
From its gloriously loopy opening sequence to its hilariously rhythmic love scene to its climactic showdown in the bowels of city sewers, Delicatessen is a bizarrely inspired, darkly comic fantasy. Not merely weird for weirdness' sake, the film is a surprisingly tender tale revolving around Louison (Dominique Pinon), a good man trapped in a bad world, forever pining for his lost soul-mate. Pinion's Louison is heroic, innocent and comic all at the same time. What makes Delicatessen most memorable, however, is its dream-like, post-apocalyptic look. Directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet devised the film with writer Gilles Adrien, primarily an author of comic books; given its unique visuals, it makes sense that the similarly inventive Terry Gilliam (Brazil) championed the film's worldwide release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
UPC:
0012236100126
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
26,766

Special Features

Fine cooked meats: The Making of Delicatessen; The archives of Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Audio commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Theatrical trailer; Teaser; Photo gallery; French 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; 16X9 widescreen; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dominique Pinon Louison
Marie-Laure Dougnac Julie Clapet
Jean-Claude Dreyfus Clapet
Karin Viard Miss Plusse
Ticky Holgado Mr. Tapioca
Pascal Benezech Tried to Escape
Anne Marie Pisani Madame Tapioca
Rufus Robert Kube
Jean-François Perrier Georges Interligator
Dominique Zardi Taxi Driver
Chick Ortega Postman
Robert Baud Voltange
Dominique Bettenfeld Paumeau
Jean-Luc Caron Janvier
Dominique Defever Trappe
Bernard Flavien Breland
Raymond Forestier Milan
Boban Janevsi Remi
Mickael Todde Lucien
Edith Ker Grandmother
Jacque Mathou Roger Kube
Howard Vernon Frog Man
Silvie Laguna Aurore Interligator
Patrick Paroux Puk
Maurice Lamy Pank
Marc Caro Fox
Eric Averlant Tourneur

Technical Credits
Marc Caro Director,Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Director,Screenwriter
Gilles Adrien Screenwriter
Vincent Arnardi Sound/Sound Designer
Michèle Arnould Production Manager
Aline Bonetto Set Decoration/Design
Valerie Pozzo di Borgo Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Philippe Carp Production Designer
Carlos D'Alessio Score Composer
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
Miljen "Kreka" Kljakovic Production Designer
Claudie Ossard Producer
Herve Schneid Editor
Jerome Thiault Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Delicatessen
1. The Butcher Shop [6:24]
2. Odd Job [5:24]
3. Life at 129A [5:42]
4. Mailman [3:59]
5. Hunting Frogs [2:18]
6. Blind Date [6:27]
7. Livingstone's Favorite Song [4:39]
8. Nightmare [2:53]
9. Squeaky Springs [1:59]
10. Madame Interligator [5:19]
11. Julie Joins The Troglodistes [9:14]
12. Fresh Meat [5:08]
13. Objective: Louison [1:55]
14. Antenna Adjustment [4:42]
15. Mistake, Escape, Rescue [7:14]
16. The Flood [8:13]
17. The Australian [7:56]
18. End Credits [5:26]

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