Delicatessen (1991)

Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writer: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gilles Adrien
Cast: Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado, Anne-Marie Pisani, Edith Ker

In a post apocalyptic world with very scarce food supplies, a butcher Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) has resorted to cannibalism. He usually posts an ad for a job and whoever takes it up, soon ends up on the plates of all the tenants in the house. Former clown Stan (Dominique Pinon) is the newest hire. But he’s lucky enough that Clapet’s daughter Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac) takes a shine to him and tries the best to save him.

Delicatessen is an extremely weird film. It’s the kind of crackpot you usually only get in Japanese films and it’s a whole lot of fun.


Delicatessen looks a lot like Micmacs – I guess Jeunet started early with the kinda-monochromatic/goldish look. Generally I was reminded of Micmacs a lot, only that I liked Delicatessen better.

The characters were all crazy, no doubt about it. And it wasn’t exactly whimsy-free (for which I usually don’t have a high tolerance). But somehow they managed to find the right balance between having the characters be weird, but not too weird to make it impossible to have a connection to them.



And the film is funny. I mean, the humor is very dark and you have to go for that kind of thing. I do, and I really enjoyed the macabre as much as the absurd.

Dominique Pinon and Marie-Laure Dougnac were great leads, too. Especially Pinon was enchanting and a perfect fit for the fairy tale feeling this movie has.


Summarising: Very worth seeing.

2 thoughts on “Delicatessen (1991)

    • Also, auf Deutsch les ich ja selber so wenig… Aber was mir ganz gut gefallen hat war Lycidas, Lilith und Lumen von Christoph Marzi (nicht super-toll geschrieben und an sich für Jugendliche, aber sehr nett zum Lesen) und Die Tintenherz etc. Bücher von der Cornelia Funke sind auch ganz gut. Halt auch für Jugendliche.
      Sonst fällt mir im Moment nichts ein auf Deutsch…

      Und danke für das Interview/den Buchtipp – hört sich wirklich sehr interessant an!

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