The title credit for Delicatessen reads "Presented by Terry Gilliam," and it's easy to understand why the director of Brazil was so supportive of this outrageously black French comedy from 1991. Like Gilliam, French codirectors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro have wildly inventive imaginations that gravitate to the darker absurdities of human behavior, and their visual extravagance is matched by impressive technical skill. Here, making their feature debut, Jeunet and Caro present a postapocalyptic scenario set entirely in a dank and gloomy building where the landlord operates a delicatessen on the ground floor. But this is an altogether meatless world, so the butcher-landlord keeps his customers happy by chopping unsuspecting victims into cutlets, and he's sharpening his knife for a new tenant (French comic actor Dominque Pinon) who's got the hots for the butcher's nearsighted daughter! Delicatessen is a feast (if you will) of hilarious vignettes, slapstick gags, and sweetly eccentric characters, including a man in a swampy room full of frogs, a woman doggedly determined to commit suicide (she never gets its right), and a pair of brothers who make toy sound boxes that "moo" like cows. It doesn't amount to much as a story, but that hardly matters; this is the kind of comedy that springs from a unique wellspring of imagination and inspiration, and it's handled with such visual virtuosity that you can't help but be mesmerized. There's some priceless comedy happening here, some of which is so inventive that you may feel the urge to stand up and cheer. --Jeff Shannon
This movie seems reminiscent of something Johnny Depp might do...but in an Amelie type of movie. it's weird and quirky and entertaining throughout.Published on June 7 2013 by E.G
I heard about this movie when a filmographer who was a contestant on Jeopardy declared that it was his favorite film. I had to check it out and I'm not sorry that I did. Read morePublished on May 29 2011 by Brenda Lucas
In a not so distant future the apocalypse has stricken earth with its full force and famine is driving people to commit macabre acts. Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Swederunner
...what will the meat addicts do to supply their craving?
...where will all those Moo toys go?
...is Livingston a good monniker for a monkey?
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i firmly agree with the majority of the other reviewers who loved this film. i first saw it in '93 or '94 on a cable network. it was pretty much my introduction to foreign films. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by T. Martin
A champion in the long line of european flicks orbiting cannibalism. Delicatessen is hilarious, but sometimes a bore, a lovely bore, but a bore. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003 by fat_runner
Beautiful cinematography, excellent set design, and wildly vivid characters are just a few of the well planned and beautifully executed details in this comically bizarre film. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by Thomas Saaristo
Beautiful cinematography and excellent set design are just a few of the well planned and beutifully executed details of this bizarre film. Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by P. Fox