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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Dominique Pinon
Julie Clapet
Jean Claude Dreyfus
Directors
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Screenwriters
Gilles Adrien
Running Time
97 minutes

Delicatessen
Jeunet and Caro's masterful working of horror and farce.


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Plot
In a ravaged French city, in a post-holocaust future, possibly an alternate 1950s, daily life trundles on, and a very French group of apartment tenants concentrate on a very French set of concerns: adultery, suicide, music and, most of all, of course, food, glorious food.


Verdict
While Delicatessen has a few bizarro precedents; Eraserhead, Brazil, Life On The Edge, The Last Battle, this is still a delightfully original picture, poised perfectly between farce and horror, with the sinister undertones of much recent French cinema finally coming out into the open in this mainly bloodless but conceptually gruesome item. A fair bet for cultdom, a lot more like­able than its subject matter suggests, and simply essential viewing for vegetarians.


Reviewed by Jack Yeovil

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