Movie Review: Delicatessen (1991)

In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: Delicatessen
Release Date: April 17, 1991
Director: Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Production Company: UGC | Hachette Première | Constellation | Victoires Productions

A movie about cannibalism shouldn’t be this fun.  Artfully filmed (even the opening credits are fascinating) and full of talented acting, Delicatessen tells of an apartment block in a post-apocalyptic France seemingly trapped in the early 1950’s where the butcher / landlord lures in new “tenants” who are divvied up as meat among the eccentric permanent tenants.  A clown arrives and changes all that by arriving and falling in love with the butcher’s daughter and starting an adventure involving subterranean vegetarians, a women’s repeated failed suicide attempts with Rube Goldberg devices, and a flash flood that all but destroys the building.  Fascinating, and worth watching again to catch all the stuff I missed.

Rating: *****

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