D: Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Dominique Pinon
R: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Release: 17 April 1991
Durată: 1h 39 min
Set in a post-apocalyptic society, Delicatessen centers on Clapet (Dreyfus), the landlord of a motel-like building, who is struggling to operate a delicatessen on the ground flour of his apartment building. An ex-clown, Louison (Pinon), comes into town and decides to get apply for the janitor position. What he doesn’t yet know is that the former one was fed to the tenants and that Clapet is planning to do the same with him. But this time is different: his daughter has fallen in love with Louison and doesn’t want him to be killed. Will Louison fall victim, or will the Troglodistes, an underground group of vegetarian fanatics, come to his rescue?
The sets, special effects, photography and performances contribute to the comedy, and even the fairytale romance avoids sentimentalism. Increasingly inventive as it progresses, Jeunet and Caro’s fast, funny feature debut entertains from sinister start to frantic finish. Although it deals with cannibalism, Delicatessen is not at all gross as you would expect it to be. It’s a romantic comedy, that had the fortune of being directed by two very talented filmmakers (Jeunet has also directed the famous Amelie).
My favorite moment was the one with the balloons, I’ll let you to discover.