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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.

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (screenplay), Marc Caro (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Benezech Pascal Benezech ... Tried to Escape
Dominique Pinon ... Louison
Marie-Laure Dougnac ... Julie Clapet
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Clapet
Karin Viard ... Mademoiselle Plusse
Ticky Holgado ... Marcel Tapioca
Anne-Marie Pisani ... Madame Tapioca
Boban Janevski Boban Janevski ... Young Rascal
Mikael Todde Mikael Todde ... Young Rascal (as Mikaël Todde)
Edith Ker Edith Ker ... Grandmother
Rufus ... Robert Kube
Jacques Mathou ... Roger
Howard Vernon ... Frog Man
Chick Ortega Chick Ortega ... Postman
Silvie Laguna Silvie Laguna ... Aurore Interligator
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Storyline

Centered on a post-apocalyptic society where food is scrarce and used as currency. In an apartment building with a delicatessen on the ground floor. The owner of the eatery also owns the apartment building and is in need of a new maintenance man since the prior one "mysteriously" disappeared. A former clown applies for the job and the butcher's intent is to have him work for as little as possible, and then serve him to odd tenants who pay the butcher in 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.

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Taglines:

A futuristic comic feast

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delicatessen See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,794,187
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Every time Julie plays the cello, the audio is behind what she plays. This is most visible in the first playing session when she is practising by playing C major up and down; the lag is several notes. See more »

Quotes

Louison: One must always forgive.
Julie Clapet: Depends. It's not always possible.
Louison: Don't say that. No one is entirely evil. It's circumstance. Or they don't realize the wrong.
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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 »

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Spoofs The Delicate Delinquent (1957) See more »

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Masterpiece
15 October 2004 | by imdb-3362See all my reviews

If Citizen Kane is the number one movie to see to learn anything about cinematography, this might as well be at number 2.

Delicatessen succeeds at creating a totally separate, consistent and believable universe with a very distinct atmosphere. The brown and green colors add to the weirdness of this universe.

Is it horror? Yes and no. Is it a comedy? Yes and no. Is it brilliant? Oh yes!

Everybody involved in the making of this picture gave it its best. The camera work is brilliant, the sets are simply amazing (with the final bathroom scene at the pinnacle), the editing and pace is breathtaking.

This could have been a very dark movie (and I guess a few Hollywood directors would have tried to turn it into a splatter movie and fail miserably), but the humor is just light, off-beat and hilarious enough to make it into a consistent and bearable whole. Every universe has its humor, and a strange universe has strange humor. Jacques Tati would have loved Delicatessen.

Julie's 'tea ceremony' without her glasses, the mattress spring test, Aurore's failing suicide contraptions, it's all funny as hell. I hope everyone who is even marginally involved in making movies gets to see Delicatessen and learns from its greatness. We could sure use a touch of genius in most of them ...

10/10


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