Delicatessen

Our Thanksgiving fare this year is a delirious, fever-dream of a science fiction movie by the French filmmaking duo Caro and Jeunet. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where food is so scarce that it has become currency, we follow the tenants of a dilapidated apartment building, whose landlord butchers humans for cheap meat. Sounds dark, but it’s also a deadly funny film – drawing heavily from Chaplin’s physical comedy and Terry Gilliam’s absurdist humor. Although Jeunet and Caro would go on to direct beloved flicks like Alien: Resurrection and Amélie, Delicatessen remains the cult favorite – a must-see for fans of Tarantino, Gilliam, and sci-fi alike. It’s also an early effort by cinematographer Darius Khondji (who went on to work with Woody Allen, David Fincher, Wong Kar-Wai, Roman Polanski, etc) – whose physical, moody camerawork douses the Gilliam ethos in a bucket of smoked and bloody bronze.

Dir. Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1991, DCP, 99 min.

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