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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.


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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boban Janevski ...
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Young Rascal (as Mikaël Todde)
Edith Ker ...
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


When the film picked up the gold award at the Tokyo international film festival , Alan Parker stood up and clapped like an enthusiastic circus seal. See more »


When Julie first invites Louison to her house, she accidentally throws a vase to the floor. There is no "crash" sound when the vase is destroyed. See more »


Louison: This is a job for the Australian!
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Referenced in Twelve Monkeys (1995) 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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