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Delicatessen (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  3 April 1992 (USA)
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Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.


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Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Jean Marie De Busscher, Marc Caro, Patrice Succi


Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Benezech ...
Boban Janevski ...
Mikael Todde ...
Young Rascal (as Mikaël Todde)
Edith Ker ...
Jacques Mathou ...
Howard Vernon ...
Chick Ortega ...
Silvie Laguna ...


The story is centered on a microcosm of a post-apocalyptic society where food is so rare it's invaluable and is used as currency. The story centers on an apartment building with a delicatessen on the ground floor. The owner of the eatery also owns the apartment building and he is in need of a new maintenance man since the original "mysteriously" disappeared. A former clown applies for the job and the butcher's intent is to have him work for a little while and then serve him to quirky tenants who pay the butcher in, of course, grain. The clown and butcher's daughter fall in love and she tries to foil her father's plans by contacting the "troglodytes", a grain eating sub-group of society who live entirely underground. The "trogs" are possibly the most sensible of the lot, as they see food as food and not money. Written by Anonymous

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A futuristic comic feast


Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Delicatessen - Herkuttelijoiden yö  »

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FRF 24,000,000 (estimated)


$1,794,187 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Delicatessen was the first full film made by Caro and Jeunet, but it was actually planned after The City of Lost Children (1995) was refused, because "The City" was too expensive for the, at the time, unknown directors to assume. For that reason, Delicatessen's budget was cut VERY tight, with a very restricted set, many friends and family of both directors appearing in the cast, and most props being actually old scavenged stuff - again, to cut costs. See more »


When Julie welcomes Louison in her room and we see her following him to the table she has no socks, when she brings him later into his room after he has fallen asleep she has socks. See more »


Aurore Interligator: They talk to me about you.
Robert Kube: Who?
Aurore Interligator: The voices in my head.
Robert Kube: Of course, the voices. What do they say?
Aurore Interligator: Let me think... They speak in such a way...
Robert Kube: [expectantly] Do they speak... About love?
Aurore Interligator: They tell me Robert is a pervert, an ass-wipe, a panty-eater.
Robert Kube: [flustered] No, but you know that's not true?
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References A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) See more »

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Inventive, stylish and darkly amusing
25 June 2001 | by (Buckingham, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a superb film. The look and design of the sets is unique and the narrative is certainly original!! I would place this film along with others like Being John Malkovich as it really did make me sit up and take notice. There are some truly great set pieces in the film particularly when the whole house starts to get into the same rhythm as the love makers on the top floor ( ripped off by an American Beer company I note in an advert ) and the botched suicide attempt too - hey I said it is darkly amusing!! I would say that there is not a weak performance amongst the cast in this evocative tale of futuristic cannibalism!! Basically, trying to describe this film makes it sound too bizarre but I highly recommend it to anyone who likes originality and their humour on the edge of darkness.

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