In a nutshell – a surrealistic black comedy centered in a post apocalyptic world
Delicatessen is the second movie of Jean-Pierre Jeunet I’m watching after the notable “Amelie” and this movie really explains that the director’s imagination is boundless. May be like Terry Gilliam who is famous for Twelve Monkeys, Brazil etc …
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world based on a butcher (Clapet) who owns an apartment, a new helper(Louison), a circus performer and its tenants, each one of them is hilariously weird. In a world where there is a scarcity of food and it is used as currency, cannibalism has become a way of survival. Clapet fishes people with an advertisement for a helper job and Louison arrives there. Clapet and his tenants planning to feast Louison is the plot. The love between Clapet’s daughter and Louison is tender and sweet.
Darius Khondji, cinematographer of the movie has done a fabulous job. And editing of the movie is also noteworthy. The title part of the movie is so creative and intriguing.
Delicatessen is not a normal film but a dark comedy, weirdly filmed and is very funny at times. Worthwhile!!!