Delicatessen

Delicatessen

Blu-ray Disc - 2010 | French
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Set in a post-apocalyptic world, when meat becomes so rare that it is used as currency, residents living above a delicatessen must depend on a menacingly strange butcher for their supply. But when a new tenant arrives and takes a job as the building's handyman, he unknowingly steps into the butcher's trap, to serve him as the next meal!

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SmartAssAWhip
Jan 05, 2017

Rather dark humour, if one is into that sorta thing. Being in this strange, odd world is more interesting and artsy than enjoyable. If nothing else, watch this for the superb directing and set design. Unconventional would be an understatement.

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rationallady
Jan 03, 2016

Odd in a Kafkaesque way, and while darkly humorous at times, well it's still cannibalism!

orkluttar Jun 08, 2015

There seems to be some uncertainty as to when this story would have occurred. But not to a European still digging away the rubble from WW II. These sort of stories are NOT
so untypical for Europe, as there were of course, whole cities reduced to junk after the
zealot bombings. So the clothes, television programs, vehicles and so forth are about early 195O's. Not as indistinct as Jeunet's chronological placement of 'City of the Lost Children.' And obviously, 'Amelie' was supposed to be contemporary.

Ironic that French Guiana still
HAS a cannibal population, but they're sheltered as a, 'National Oddity.' The tenants of Clapet's tenement obviously know that conditions have gotten so terrible for that to be a necessity to survive.

Besides bordering on that, 'Dark-Documentary-Mood,' the footage of the Sainte Fargeau reservoir are priceless as this was done on the eve of the hysteria that would prevent that sort of filming there these days.

That's on the aesthetic side, but as a film, a number of the
slap-stick routines are on the hackneyed side. The use of
wide-angle, prime lenses
really contrasts with the typical, American-ized preference for distances. But some of the sequences have a
somewhat cramped feeling as a result. Also, Jeunet was saying that the film has an unusual method of preparing, known as EVR, that they liked because there are NO DIGITAL FX. And the colors are v. saturated. But really they must
like that as a novelty, as today the result seems tedious and detracts from the true theming.

Imagine an Alfred Hitchcock film with early digital-izing and that would approximate the theming. But would Jeunet like the comparison? As he says repeatedly, ' . . .some of the sequences were sarcastically humorous ;'. . . .possibly the interpretation as 'Scream Horror Genre,' would be too maudlin.

Notwithstanding, the Catholic church has certainly been present for hundreds of years, and ideas about
transmogrification were also a part of the daily lives of the faithful from even before
the dreadful destruction that
WWI and WW II wreaked upon European cities.

Hopefully, he'd want to improve on those deets, but seems that he has gotten onto another direction with the most recent effort, '. . Spivelt.'

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GuyN
Nov 03, 2014

This film has director Jeunet's quirky style, but was a good deal too dark for me. The last reel goes at madcap and surreal pace.

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fmaack
Oct 20, 2010

If you like French surrealism then this is the movie for you. If you're looking to relax and watch a movie that doesn't require much thinking then this would not be a good pick.

Reminds me of other French surrealist films like the ones directed by Michel Gondry: The Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind, Human Nature.

Good flick. Interesting concept.

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Librarianne
Jul 09, 2010

Most inventive use of percussion in an ensemble scene.

sit_walk Sep 11, 2009

"Essen" is the German "to eat" and this film is all about eating, more specifically the war between vegetarians and carnivores in a post-apocalyptic delicatessen-cum-boarding house. You can bet your bottom dollar that the meat downstairs ain't steak. And it's a touching love story also. Possibly the best film of all time. No kidding!

p.s., There's a musical saw too.

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