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Delicatessen -- The cult indie black comedy from the creators of AMELIE and CITY OF LOST CHILDREN.


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Jean-Pierre Jeunet (screenplay)
Marc Caro (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 April 1992 (USA) See more »
A futuristic comic feast
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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The brilliant debut of Caro & Jeunet See more (163 total) »


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Directed by
Marc Caro 
Jean-Pierre Jeunet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gilles Adrien  dialogue
Gilles Adrien  screenplay
Marc Caro  screenplay
Jean-Pierre Jeunet  screenplay

Produced by
Claudie Ossard .... producer
Original Music by
Carlos D'Alessio 
Cinematography by
Darius Khondji 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
Production Design by
Marc Caro 
Art Direction by
Miljen Kreka Kljakovic (chief art director)
Set Decoration by
Aline Bonetto 
Costume Design by
Valérie Pozzo di Borgo 
Makeup Department
Myriam Coulet .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Michèle Arnould .... production manager
Nadine Chaussonnière .... apprentice unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... second assistant director
Jean-Marc Tostivint .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gilles Baillot .... constructor
Valérie Berthoux .... model maker
Bernard Boivin .... chief constructor
Jean-Michel Boivin .... constructor
Marc Caro .... artistic director
Marc Caro .... storyboard artist
Jean-Philippe Carp .... set dresser (as Jean Philippe Carp)
Simon Carp .... second assistant art director
Simon Carp .... second assistant decorator
Marie Desforge .... model maker
Yves Domenjoud .... props
Nicolás Díaz .... sculptor
Gilles Faraldo .... constructor
Eric Frion .... constructor
Richard Gerardin .... constructor
Noël Guillot .... painter decorator
Jean-François Juvanon .... constructor
Vincent Lebrinon .... constructor
Loïc Lemoigne .... second assistant art director
Lotte Lemorgne .... second assistant decorator
Andréa Llinaeres .... model maker
Fabrice Maux .... constructor
Jacques Mery .... constructor
Igor Mollet .... constructor
Jean Rabasse .... model conceptionist
Claude Sanzey .... constructor
Valérie Sebast .... model maker
Silvia Sella .... constructor
Yann Sibiril .... constructor
Jérôme Signori .... model maker
Bertrand Terreyre .... constructor
Denis Vassal .... constructor
Serge Vassal .... constructor
Tom Wiggins .... constructor
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound mixer
Marc Caro .... sound effects
Laurent Dreyer .... assistant sound mixer
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Mario Melchiorri .... assistant foley artist
Muriel Moreau .... dialogue editor
Jérôme Thiault .... sound effects
Jérôme Thiault .... sound engineer
Jérôme Thiault .... sound supervisor
Jacques Thomas-Gérard .... adr mixer
Laurent Zeilig .... assistant sound engineer
Laurent Zeilig .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Jean-Baptiste Bonetto .... special effects
Yves Domenjoud .... special effects
Olivier Gleyze .... special effects
Lionel Mathis .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Baptiste Magnien .... optical effects: Acme
Pitof .... digital visual effects director
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Jean-Marie Vives .... digital matte painter
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... director of reseach and development (uncredited)
William Cagnard .... stunts
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Arlette Spetebroot .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Franck Barreau .... electrician
Eric Caro .... set photographer
Rémy Chevrin .... first assistant camera
Bruno Dubet .... key grip
Bernard Gemähling .... chief electrician
Nicolas Juge .... additional electrician
Olivier Lancelle .... additional electrician
Philippe Le Sourd .... second assistant camera (as Philippe Lesourd)
Philippe Lesard .... second assistant camera
Lionel Perrin .... additional electrician
Ferencz Radnai .... additional electrician
Michel Sabourdy .... electrician
Stéphane Vidal .... additional grip
Yorgo Voyagis .... key grip (as Yorgo Voyatzis)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Véronique Degy .... assistant costumer
Valérie Pozzo di Borgo .... chief costumer
Marianne Vally .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Music Department
Jean-Michel Bergounboux .... music arranger
Isabele Pinadel .... musician: violoncello
Hervé Schneid .... music editor
Lev Sipolos .... musical saw
René Taquet .... musical consultant
Herbert Varron .... musician: violoncello
Hubert Varron .... musician: cello
Other crew
Marc Bruckert .... titles: Le Village
Yves Domenjoud .... accessories
Pierre Dufour .... location scout
Emmanuel Jaffre .... caterer
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicist
Arlette Mas .... production administrator
Michael Mendelsohn .... banker/production financier
Gérard Sionneau .... groupman
Aruna Villiers .... script supervisor
Thérèse Chevalier .... thanks
Olivier Chiavassa .... thanks
Jean Villiers .... thanks

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Rated R for violence
99 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: The hammer on the mailman's revolver falls *after* the revolver explodes. Since it would not have exploded until he attempted to fire it, the hammer should already be down at that point.See more »
Louison:This is a job for the Australian!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The brilliant debut of Caro & Jeunet, 15 January 2007

In the late 70s, french director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and designer Marc Caro met and found they shared a lot of interests in the visual arts, their friendship soon became an artistic team that would spent the whole 80s making short films where the duo was able to explore and master the cinema language, perfecting their storytelling abilities and visual design skills, preparing themselves to make a career in film-making. Their efforts were crowned in 1991, when they were finally able to take their craft to a full feature length film, in the project that would become their breakthrough in the film industry and the proper beginning of their careers as filmmakers: the post-apocalyptic comedy "Delicatessen".

The world of "Delicatessen" is a dark bleak France where there is apparently no law and food is incredibly sparse (and is now used as currency). In this post-apocalyptic world, the residents of an apartment building in the middle of nowhere have found a solution to the hunger thanks to their landlord, the butcher Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus), who from time to time kills the building's handyman to feed the bizarre group of tenants. One day, former clown Louison (Dominique Pinon) arrives to the building and gets the handyman position, but unfortunately for Clapet and the other tenants, the butcher's daughter Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac) has fallen in love with Louison, and will do whatever is necessary to stop the madness of the delicatessen.

Written by Gilles Adrien (who also wrote many of the previous Jeunet & Caro shorts) as well as Jeunet & Caro themselves, "Delicatessen" is a wonderfully imaginative tale of sweet romance and hilarious black comedy that gives an unexpected light-hearted twist to a plot that most writers would treat as a serious subject matter. And surprisingly it works, as while the story is anything but complex, the assortment of strange (yet very human) characters that populate the world of "Delicatessen" truly become the movie's soul. And not only the main characters, as every single one of them (no matter how small the role is) is highly detailed and serves a specific function as if the whole building was one of the odd machines that still work in this post-apocalyptic portrait of France.

Visually, the film is simply sublime. Since the directors decided to divide responsibilities, Marc Caro took full control of the production design and the artistic elements of the movie, so with this freedom Caro's inventive artistic vision reaches new heights creating a movie that could be described as a moving canvas. Highly atmospheric, the french duo takes the cinematography (by Darius Khondji) to the next level mixing techniques and showing a whole range of influences that go from German Expressionism to 40s modernism, resulting in one of the most beautiful looking movies ever done. Still, the movie is more than a visual fest, as Jeunet (in charge of guiding the actors) shows a complete domain over his cast & crew keeping the many elements of the film working nicely in the right place.

As written above, the characters are the film's soul, and the ensemble of actors playing them really made a terrific job in the film. Dominique Pinon (who would become one of Jeunet's regular collaborators) delivers a subtle and charming performance as the ex-clown Louison. He is very believable in the role, and gives the character a very human touch, essential for the kind of character he is playing. The same can be said of Marie-Laure Dougnac, who plays Louison's love interest, Julie, one of the "more normal" characters in the movie. Jean-Claude Dreyfus as Clapet the Butcher is simply delightful as the story's "villian", and basically every member of the cast delivers an unforgettable performance no matter how long or short is their screen time (Silvie Laguna for example, is really wonderful).

"Delicatessen" is a solid debut by this two skillful french artists, and it already shows why the two quickly became an important team in the French fantasy cinema. Their very own brand of surrealist fantasy flows freely through the film making a unique visual fest (although it definitely goes a bit over-the-top at times), and while it doesn't reach the artistic level of their follow-up (the 1995 classic "La Cité Des Enfants Perdus"), it's still a nicely done movie that most importantly, never gets boring or tiresome. Unlike their later films, "Delicatessen" may not be for everyone, as it's mix of black comedy and surreal fantasy may seem at times too close to absurd to be enjoyable. However, those with a taste for the bizarre will find a great movie in this French comedy.

While "Delicatessen" still shows the excess of the young and raw talent of Jeunet & Caro, it's not hard to see why they became known worldwide after this initial success, as this movie shows the enormous potential of their skills as filmmakers. This brilliant mixture of genres is definitely a very recommended movie, and like "La Cité Des Enfants Perdus" ("City of the Lost Children"), an essential film of the 90s. 8/10

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