Delicatessen (1991)

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Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Actors: Ticky Holgado, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Rufus, Karin Viard, Marie-Laure Dougnan, Jean-Francois Perrier, Silvie Laguna, Jacques Mathou, Anne Marie Pison

After years of working successfully in commercials and music videos, French directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet make a splashing feature-film debut, DELICATESSEN, a hysterical exercise in style. Scripted by comic book writer and frequent Caro and Jeunet collaborator Gilles Adrien, the story follows a sweet-natured clown, Louison (Dominique Pinon), who moves into a run down apartment building with a delicatessen on the ground floor and falls in love with the butcher's daughter, Julie Clapet (Marie-Laure Dougnac). When it turns out that Julie's father (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) is actually butchering human beings and selling the meat to the carnivorous tenants of the building, Julie must decide if she will remain loyal to her father's business or expose the truth in order to save Louison from being the next victim. Taking place entirely inside, underneath, and on the roof of the delicatessen, the film uses an old pipe that runs throughout the building as a channel of communication for its characters.

Status: LongWait
Run time: 95mins
Origin: FRANCE
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Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

Member Reviews (28)

Unless you really get into serious arthouse movies, this movie will not impress you. Weird.
Posted Monday, 3 December 2012 See my other reviews
Very very weird, but very engrossing. Strange characters, strange situations............... weird.
Posted Sunday, 27 November 2011 See my other reviews
Anita L.
I quite like food, and I thought that since the movie is called 'Delicatessen' food would feature quite a bit in it, but it didn't. This is a French language movie with English subtitles. I found this movie a bit strange, a little quirky, I guess, but probably only just bearable to watch because it was in a different language. If it was in English I'd have switched off after 10 minutes.
Posted Thursday, 15 July 2010 See my other reviews
Stalker A Russian film that belongs back there, as far back into Siberia as possible. One monotone voice speaking over the top of Russian voices. 9/10 of the film could easily be cut and still not make a film. Boring, insipid, long silent theme of nothingness and a total waste of time. No story, no plot, no ending just plain no good. More entertaining reading the back cover.
Posted Wednesday, 22 July 2009 See my other reviews
Belinda M.
This is one of those movies that leaves you thinking for ages after, you'll be laughing one minute and shocked the next. Thought provoking and wonderful - will leave you smiling and knowing you need to see it again!
Posted Wednesday, 22 July 2009 See my other reviews
Stephenie K.
It has that weird little guy who is in all the weird little french films - which is a good sign as far as I am concerned. The whole film was very stylised, macabre and funny. I love the original treatmentof the usual human issues - love, lust, greed and poverty.
Posted Sunday, 30 December 2007 See my other reviews
Stephen D.
Posted Wednesday, 22 August 2007 See my other reviews
Matt T.
Posted Tuesday, 21 August 2007 See my other reviews
Paula M.
an extremely clever movie the acting and material are superb and the humour wonderful,I can see why it was on the "long wait" list its a classic.
Posted Friday, 23 March 2007 See my other reviews
Peter B.
Posted Friday, 9 March 2007 See my other reviews
Paul S.
May appeal to some others, was somewhat strange as French comedies can be
Posted Monday, 5 March 2007 See my other reviews
Par W.
Just excellent!
Posted Thursday, 15 September 2005 See my other reviews
Trevor Harrison
Posted Thursday, 14 April 2005 See my other reviews
Peter Ryall
A funny and by turns, quirky and bizarre film that manages to portray a completely believable future - watch out for the vegetarian freedom fighters.
Posted Sunday, 10 April 2005 See my other reviews
Ah the Sepia colour filter means a film that was set in the past, a bleach blue look means the future these days, then what is present day? It can be hard to watch a film in a foreign language but this bizarre plot kept me hooked until the end. How many suicide attempts can a woman fail & what will make you rethink cooking steak tonight? Watch this movie.
Posted Saturday, 26 February 2005 See my other reviews
Craig Hill
Great film.Interesting array of characters to support the original , quirky storyline
Posted Saturday, 19 February 2005 See my other reviews
Tim Norton
Posted Wednesday, 16 February 2005 See my other reviews
Craig Sheffield
Posted Monday, 14 February 2005 See my other reviews
Gulcin Otaran
Posted Monday, 10 January 2005 See my other reviews
Elizabeth Morrison
Very strange but interesting
Posted Wednesday, 22 December 2004 See my other reviews
Saty Sandhu
A dark version of Amelie. Though it got a bit weird toward the end.
Posted Thursday, 2 December 2004 See my other reviews
Ben Murray
Posted Tuesday, 23 November 2004 See my other reviews
Peter Kinowski
Posted Friday, 17 September 2004 See my other reviews
Alan French
Quirky & humerous!
Posted Wednesday, 8 September 2004 See my other reviews
Diana Sukkar
Posted Friday, 3 September 2004 See my other reviews
Bruce Paterson
Posted Tuesday, 24 August 2004 See my other reviews
Jerome Pearce
The humour is exceedingly black in the typical French fashion. The filming is very good, and the characters exquisite. This is certainly not for everyone, but don't dimiss it as 'arty' just because it's French!
Posted Tuesday, 27 July 2004 See my other reviews
Posted Thursday, 29 April 2004 See my other reviews
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