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Delicatessen (1991 – R)

May 4, 2009

Originally posted on January 9, 2004


Story

Delicatessen finds us in a post apocalyptic France where meat is hard to come by. One building has a plan though. Put an add in a city newspaper for a position of maintenance for the building. Once he arrives, have him do some work, and then chop him up and feed on him for a few weeks. Can’t get more European than that can we? This sounds like it should have been a German film.

Story = 20

Cast

Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado, Anne-Marie Pisani, and Rufus. As I have said before, I love when a filmmaker uses a lot of the same talent in different movies. If anyone has been reading these last few reviews, they can surely see that Jeunet uses Pinon, Dreyfus, and Rufus a great deal, and for good reason. Pinon and Dreyfus are especially good. This whole cast makes this movie quite enjoyable.

Cast = 20

Soundtrack/Score

This soundtrack is ok, but not nearly as good as Amelie’s. Jeunet does use sound really well in his films though, and this movie has a great scene utilizing the sounds of “lovemaking.” Sounds vulgar, and I guess really it is, but it is also quite funny.

Soundtrack/Score = 12

(EDIT from 2009 – This score, like Amelie, is way too low. I would give a 20 easily now. The integration of music with the film is superb.)

Quote/Catch Phrase

My favorite scene is the one described above, but anytime the little boys get in on the action, the results are usually quite entertaining. Again, due to the language barrier on my part, I am giving Delicatessen a somewhat respectable score. I feel almost certain that it would have a higher score if I knew French though.

Quote/Catch Phrase = 12

Rewatchability

Jeunet is a genius. I love the way his movies feel. They are dark, humorous, and at the same time somewhat hopeful. He cleverly uses what could be props to illustrate the casts in not only this movie, but also in Amelie. I love it.

Rewatchability = 20

Total Score = 84

This film got hosed due to language. It would probably be a 94% if it were in English originally, or if I could comprehend French.

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