7.7/10
71,272
175 user 108 critic

Delicatessen (1991)

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

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Boban Janevski ...
Young Rascal
Mikael Todde ...
Young Rascal (as Mikaël Todde)
Edith Ker ...
Grandmother
...
...
...
Frog Man
Chick Ortega ...
Postman
Silvie Laguna ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A futuristic comic feast

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Delicatessen  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,794,187
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rumored to be a surrealistic interpretation of The Delicate Delinquent (1957). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Louison: Nobody is entirely evil: it's that circumstances that make them evil, or they don't know they are doing evil.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, crew members' names appear on objects that the camera tracks across: the director of photography's name appears on a camera, the composer's name on a broken 12" record, etc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Closer (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The cornerstone of originality
23 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Clever ideas and good notion of filmmaking are at the core of this movie, whose storyline is the smallest asset. But you won't really care when you see it, because even though the story isn't really elaborate, what you have here is one of the most original movies you'll ever get your eyes on. The setting is perfect, with no historic or geographic references, only an estranged building, which doesn't have a single straight normal tenant. The result is a magnificent work of actors, cinematography and set dressing, that makes the most of visual resources for a movie. The directors Jeunet & Caro show their true potential in this movie that will keep you glued with its naive-like comedy style, and its unique set of characters, which could generate a separate movie about each and every one of them. Magnificent, and truly original.


32 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 175 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page