Delicatessen (1991)

JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET, MARC CARO

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

France, 1991.  Constellation, Union Générale Cinématographique, Hachette Première, Sofinergie Films, Sofinergie 2, Investimage 2, Investimage 3, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Victoires Productions.   Screenplay by , Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, dialogue by Gilles Adrien.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Marc Caro.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The decidedly kooky stylings of Jean-Pierre Jeunet that audiences would come to love in Amelie were first experienced in this delightful film. A circus clown () applies for a job as a butcher’s assistant in a post-apocalyptic world where food is the only valuable currency and people are resorting to cannibalism to survive. The butcher takes the young man, hoping to keep him employed for a little while before serving him up as a feast for the tenants of the apartment building he owns. The butcher’s plans are foiled when Pinon falls in love with his daughter and the two conspire to find a way to keep Pinon alive. Highly stylized visuals and a beautifully memorable musical score are a huge attraction, but Jeunet’s work has a heart at its centre and keeps the film from being only a technical experience.

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