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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2006
UPC: 0786936694482
Original Release: 1991
Rating: R
Source: Miramax
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

"Fine Cooked Meats": A Nod to Delicatessen; The archives of Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Feature commentary by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Theatrical trailer; Delicatessen teasers

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Delicatessen
1. The Butcher Shop [:00]
2. Odd Job [:00]
3. Life at 129A [:00]
4. Mailman [:00]
5. Hunting Frogs [6:39]
6. Blind Date [5:24]
7. Livingstone's Favorite Song [5:41]
8. Nightmare [4:00]
9. Squeaky Springs [2:18]
10. Madame Interligator [6:27]
11. Julie Joins the Troglodistes [4:39]
12. Fresh Meat [2:54]
13. Objective: Louison [1:58]
14. Antenna Adjustment [5:19]
15. Mistake, Escape, Rescue [9:14]
16. The Flood [7:03]
17. The Australian [4:42]
18. End Credits [7:14]

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Delicatessen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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ChipDW More than 1 year ago
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!
lola_langusta More than 1 year ago
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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