Monday, January 4, 2010
#125 Delicatessen (1991)
**** + .5
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast: Pascal Benezech, Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard
Love this film.
From the very opening shot to even the character/actor credits at the end-- this film was a gorgeously filmed movie. Brought to us, in part, by the same man who directed Amelie and A Very Long Engagement-- I wouldn't expect anything less. The plot was entirely twisted, yes: based around a Delicatessen in a desolate France that houses a butcher and tenants who all share a common (and necessary) appetite for human flesh. Dominique Pinon comes in as a retired circus clown, escaping the death of his former partner (and monkey), Dr. Livingstone, by taking the job of handy man at the Delicatessen. Little does he know that this is exactly how these butchers gain "customers," as they call them.
With a story so twisted, I thought I was destined to crawl in my skin and suffer the whole movie through, but it was actually very humorous, very beautiful, and very artistic! There were a few cringe-worthy, bloody moments, and I did feel the underground rescue team detracted from the story-- which is why I'm only giving it 4.5 stars.
What a gorgeous moving picture. Amelie fans must must must see!