• Delicatessen (1991)

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Release Date: 1991

R |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) is a butcher who owns a run-down apartment building in post-apocalyptic France. The building is in constant need of a handyman, because Clapet routinely butchers them and sells them as food. The latest in the long ling of disposable workers is Louison (Dominique Pinon), a former circus clown desperate for work and lodging. But this time Clapet's plan hits a snag when his young daughter (Marie-Laure Dougnac) falls head over heels for the lovable Louison.

Cast: Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Rufus , Ticky Holgado, Anne-Marie Pisani, Silvie Laguna, Jean-Francois Perrier

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet , Marc Caro

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: Miramax

Keywords: Daughter , Survival , Charming , Escape , Murder , France , Love , Pursuit , Forbidden love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's "Delicatessen" is an exuberantly wacky, perversely droll black comedy with an ample dose of gentle whimsy-"Eating Raoul" out of "Mr. Hulot's Holiday." [17 Apr 1992]

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    Delicatessen is an ingeniously funny film with a surprisingly sweet romance at its center. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The slapstick is classic-level stuff, the kind of domino-effect precision that is lost in most of today's clumsy farces. show more

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)