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.


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Potiche [Trophy Wife] (2010)


Potiche is the newest film by François Ozon, based on a play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy and starring Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini and Jérémie Renier.

1977: Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve) is practically the definition of a trophy wife. Married to Robert (Fabrice Luchini), who owns an umbrella factory, she spends her days with the household, writing bad poetry and getting visits from her grown kids. But when the workers at the umbrella factory start striking, it’s Suzanne who has to step in for her choleric husband.

Potiche is an entertaining film with a good cast. Its feminist message is watered down quite a bit to make more room for comedy, but it nicely captured the feminist current of the time. Most of all, it’s light-hearted.

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