Delicatessen

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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...
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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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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; "Fine Cooked Meats" by Diane Bertrand: the making of Delicatessen; The archives of Jean-Pierre Jeunet; "Main Course Pieces" restrospective documentary; Theatrical trailer; Teaser
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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: 9/14/2010
  • UPC: 012236110460
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: AB
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 27,708

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
Eric Averlant Tourneur
Robert Baud Voltange
Dominique Bettenfeld Paumeau
Marc Caro Fox
Jean-Luc Caron Janvier
Dominique Defever Trappe
Bernard Flavien Breland
Raymond Forestier Milan
Boban Janevsi Remi
Edith Ker Grandmother
Silvie Laguna Aurore Interligator
Maurice Lamy Pank
Jacque Mathou Roger Kube
Patrick Paroux Puk
Mickael Todde Lucien
Howard Vernon Frog Man
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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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Excellent - Terry Gilliam-like scenes in a Black Humor Comedy

    Don't let the brief plot review put you off. One of the best-ever comedies I've ever seen. And I'm a snob. Have given this as a gift to half a dozen friends over the years and all got back to me saying "THANKS" how funny this was!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It's a movie about cannabalism!

    Who doesn't want to watch a film about a post apocalyptic France where a local butcher/landlord has to supply his tenants with fresh meat from each new handyman. It's sweet and dark, and fantastic.

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