Delicatessen

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 6 at 9:30pm

On our 25th anniversary, SLIFF proudly re-presents several works from the fest’s past, including this new restoration of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s “Delicatessen,” which screened at our first edition. An impressive debut feature, “Delicatessen” provided a clear portent of Jeunet’s later work, which includes “City of Lost Children” (again with Caro), “Amelie,” and “A Very Long Engagement.” A quirkily fresh black comedy, the film crosses dystopian fantasy and slapstick comedy to produce a form of live-action animation, with the distinctive features of its star, Dominique Pinon, further enhancing its cartoonish qualities. Set in a post-apocalyptic future — a murky green-gray world of darkened skies, forbiddingly grim buildings, subterranean societies, and truly severe food shortages — “Delicatessen” is, at its demented heart, a romance between a butcher’s daughter and next month’s meat. The movie teems with eccentrics — including a would-be suicide, with her hilariously complex Rube Goldberg devices for (inevitably thwarted) self-destruction — and the co-directors display a delightful flair for the bizarre.

1991
99 min.
French

Directed by

Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Country

France

Film Category

Archival Presentations International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus

Genre

Dramedy Science Fiction