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DELICATESSEN - 3 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1991 UGC, Constellation, and Hachette Productions
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Louison - New handyman who used to be a circus clown.
  • Julie Clapet - The butcher's daughter, she falls in love with Louison.
  • Clapet - The butcher, a fairly ugly man inside and out who hires handymen then kills them. He does not survive this movie.
  • The Mailman - Crazy dude who delivers the mail, hates Trogs, and wants Julie. Pistol explodes in his face.
  • Plusse - Fairly pretty girl who pays for her meat by taking care of the butcher's sausage.
  • Aurore and Georges - Rich couple, she is always trying to commit suicide in neat and inventive ways. Blown up.
  • Roger and Robert - Two guys who make moo toys, Robert is in love with Aurore.
  • The Tapiocas - Poor family, mother, father, two kids and the grandmother. Grandma is chopped up to pay the rent one month.
  • Frog Man - This dude who lives in his flooded apartment. Flooded to raise snails and frogs for dinner!
  • Troglos - Guys who live in the sewers. They have a very organized society and steal grain when possible. Kind of a French Underground thing.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

Terrific fun even if you don't like subtitles! (The movie is in French with English subtitles - American release of course.)

A butcher hires handymen then chops them up for sale as meat! In walks Louison, retired clown and all around nice guy who soon wins Julie's heart. She can't bear to see him eaten by the tenants so a quick trip into the sewers is in order. There she hammers out a deal with the Troglos to save her lover. In the end all heck breaks loose with Julie, Troglos, and Louison trying to avoid the maniac residents!

You're going to have to see this one, from all of Aurore's crazy suicide schemes to the scene where everyone in the building can hear Clapet banging Plusse - and take up the rhythm! A work of pure genius.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • In France a cab ride costs one pair of shoes.
  • Lighting can make a normally ugly person even uglier.
  • Tie cans to your grandmother in case she gets lost.
  • French postmen are just as violent as ours. (For fellow Americans.)
  • If you wear glasses use them when pouring hot tea.
  • The voices in your head are capable of calling someone a "panty-biter" or "ass-wipe."
  • Pipes are a underutilized communication medium.
  • Women do not get mad when a strange man tells them their bed has "seen alot of use."
  • Slapping your daughter does not improve family relations.
  • Hacking at a door with meat cleavers and such makes convincing the occupants to come out difficult.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 9 mins - What is this guy wearing? Refuse? Now he is hiding in a trash can?
  • 28 mins - Mailman dude just spit and broke glass?
  • 29 mins - What is he doing with that condom and why is it spotted?
  • 37 mins - A Chello accompanied by a musical saw?
  • 47 mins - Aurore is going to commit suicide by the doorbell ringing and making the sewing machine run, which will pull the lamp sitting on the fabric into the bathtub with her...
  • 51 mins - Oh good a rat call.
  • 65 mins - Another suicide scheme, this one involves a candle being floated to a rope suspending the sewing machine over her head.
  • 75 mins - Now we have the gas oven on (spewing gas), a lethal dose of pills, a noose around her neck, and a rifle pointed at her head with the trigger attached to the door by string.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note delicatessen1.wav A good moo toy.
Green Music Note delicatessen2.wav A bad moo toy.
Green Music Note delicatessen3.wav Julie's chello and Louison's musical saw.
Green Music Note delicatessen4.wav The rat call.

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The rhythmic sex scene in all its strange beauty.

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Delicatessen
Reply #1. Posted on January 23, 1999, 02:50:05 AM by Kislev
I love this movie. Very dark and totally hilarious. Everyone will love the "rhythm" scene. Very well-made.
Delicatessen
Reply #2. Posted on January 23, 1999, 02:50:05 AM by sardu@hotmail.com
This movie is one of the best ever made... Even if this is a bad movies site, it's still good that it is recognized.  It's brought to you by the same folks that made "City of Lost Children," another bizarre Film.  Pretty damn sweet.  The Troglodytes are my heroes.
Delicatessen
Reply #3. Posted on March 11, 1999, 05:34:49 PM by
This web site is great.  It helped me out tremendously. I had to write a paper on the movie Delicatessen for my English class at East Carolina University.
                         MUCH THANKS
                              Desiree
Delicatessen
Reply #4. Posted on April 06, 1999, 01:30:02 PM by trotsky
Your review indicates that you may have missed the subtlety of this clever allegory.  The cannibalism is a figurative representation of American-style capitalism, while the burrowing troglodytes are an interpretation of a Marxian dystopia...
Delicatessen
Reply #5. Posted on April 09, 1999, 05:09:51 PM by elliott_breeden@woodberry.org
You must be completely devoid of all brain cells. Anyone with the intelligence quotiant of an ichthyoid would see Delicatessen as a great movie. You have obviously completely missed what the movie about. Anyone who would call this movie bad is a certified moron. Spare us all and shut the hell up from now on.
Delicatessen
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by fenris@badmovies.org
Elliot,




Amazing how many insults you can put out in a few sentences isn't it?  You obviously didn't take time to read through the site and understand my motives.  Dispensing criticism, without fully understanding your subject, is the trait of a complete jackass.  I liked this movie, anything with a four slime rating is definitely worth watching.  Not many people are going to pick up a film subtitled in English about apartment dwellers eating their handymen.  I will, I'll go out and find those movies which are the hidden gems most would pass by.  You, my ignoramus friend, probably have a difficult time accepting other's views when you manage to understand them.  In this case you entirely missed mine, go and throw bones at the monolith for a while.  Oh, and by the way, your ranting is missing a word, I suspect "is" was meant to precede "about."  In addition, "quotient" is the correct spelling.  Accusing someone of being a moron is much less convincing when you fail to proofread.  



Run along and tell mommy the bad Marine called you a male donkey, that is all.




Andrew
Delicatessen
Reply #7. Posted on April 11, 1999, 02:17:23 PM by

You said: "You obviously didn't take time to read through the site and understand
my motives." I think I did.  "Dispensing criticism, without fully understanding your
subject, is the trait of a complete jackass." But this wasn't what I was doing.
 "I liked this movie, anything with a four slime rating is definitely worth watching."  But I cannot understand how on any level Delicatessen could be considered a bad movie, not even a "good" bad movie. I'm aware that there are plenty of films that are cheesily ridiculious and because of it they are fun to watch. Delicatessen was not one of them. I thought it was original, innovative, and really very funny in a smart way. "Not
many people are going to pick up a film subtitled in English about
apartment dwellers eating their handymen." I don't see why not, and personally I think that just because no one will watch a certain movie doesn't mean it isn't good. On the contrary, many of the best films I have ever seen are ones that are obscure and not well known.  "I will, I'll go out and find those movies which are the hidden gems most would pass by."  I do the same thing. "You, my ignoramus friend, probably have a difficult time accepting other's views
when you manage to understand them." No, I just don't accept views that have no grounds for justification. I still fail to see why you classify Delicatessen as a bad movie. This, I believe, certifies you as a grade-A nimrod. You said: "In this case you entirely missed
mine, go and throw bones at the monolith for a while.  Oh, and by the
way, your ranting is missing a word, I suspect "is" was meant to precede
"about."  In addition, "quotient" is the correct spelling."  Obviously, you missed my play on words.
You said: "Accusing someone of being a moron is much less convincing when you fail to proofread." There is no correlation between intelligence and typing ability as far as I'm concerned.

I am interested to hear what you think are "good" movies.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be boiled alive in Armenian yak porridge? Or skinned alive by urban pygmy penguin cannibals? Just a question.
Elliott
Delicatessen
Reply #8. Posted on September 15, 1999, 05:27:26 AM by theobtuse_christ@hotmail.com
I wouldn't say this was a b-movie,definitely not on par with a movie that say,has a snowman bang a girl to death with a carrot. But it isn't an amazing classic because well...it's messed up. Foreign films are all messed up. No matter what country your from,a movie from another nation is going to look messed up. This is a good thing. This is cultural diversity. This is someone in Bangladesh watching a snowman bang a girl to death with a character and think Americans make messed up movies. So does a movie with funny looking people,a woman who should have just shot herself in the head,and an overwhelming message of more people having guns than the postman. But there's still no sexual assault with a carrot.
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