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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.

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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 

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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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Vasquez
Well, I'll be damned, I never thought so many people would love Delicatessen outside of France/Belgium (it IS a pretty twisted movie, even by our standarts!). I'm glad it was well accepted by those who saw it, and so vireulently defended...

Personnally, I would have disagreed with the B-movie classification if our host had given it only one or two slimes. As it is, remember that there comes a point when, strangely enough, a film can be so bad as to become absolutely excellent, and that what makes a good movie brillant could, under other circumstances and with only very small differences turn it into an absolute piece of crap.
In other words: the film's great, that's what EVERYONE here has been saying anyway, so tell your friends about it and have a good laugh!

Oh, and "City of Lost Children" is also brillant; whereas "Alien Resurrection" is, unfortunately, evidence of what I was saying earlier: the twisted and weird stuff was insuficiant to make it a good movie, and it's only a Hollywoodian piece of bland crap with one or two good ideas floating on top...

But that's only my opinion, of course... ;)

By the way, Elliott, if you read this: what play on words? Excuse my not being a native speaker...

Finally: thank you and bravo, Andrew, for this site. I have yet to disagree with anything you've written, even in your random musings. Keep up the good work, Marine!

Jerome, from France.

Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chris
This is a blinder of a movie. I loved it and have indeed watched it several times.

My only regret is that such a talented director as this eventually ended up "Taking water to her (Sigorni -however the f**k she spells it- Weavers) mill" -As the French say-.

A shame that this director when he seemed to be moving up was in fact in complete juxtaposition.

Chris -England-

NB : Appologise for poor spelling -late,cant be arsed to proof read-
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Freakygeek
I usually find nonsense movies to be stupid. However, movies like this and City of Lost Children appeal to my silly side, and somehow they are just really bad(good). Now when I think of these movies, I just can't help laughing. Especially the "Rythm" scene. Jeunet and Caro ROCK!
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by El Nicko
... and have you checked the opening credits? There is more visual creativity in the credits of this film than in the whole Hollywood production from the last 10 years!

BTW, after "Alien XXXVII", Jeunet also did "Amelie from Montmartre" - which is ALSO a helluva good movie! (too sweet to be called "bad" but in the same weird spirit as "Delicatessen", though).
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Donjohn
Put this movie out of the classification !! It's one of the best movie ever made !!!
Of course, there is not a superheros saving the world, of course there is not a very bad guy very ugly, of course there is not a beautiful women and of course there is no moral ! it's a poethic movie !

There is a lot of french life reference in this movie, so maybe you didn't understand some parts.

This director made the most beautiful movie last Year : "Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain" (i don't know the name in english), saw by millions of frenchies, more than Titanic (which must be in this classification...)
Reply #22. Posted on November 19, 2002, 02:18:07 PM by mamasou
Great, funny, strange, genious cinema. A true cerebral xperience. Unmatched...!
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by tessai
Ok just for starters THIS IS NOT A BAD MOVIE .By bad i mean sth. like lets say "Creatures from the abyss".
This is a wonderfull black comedy and it's funny on purpouse (not like other films reviewed here).IT should not be on this website just like "The mummy" .Plus in your synopsis you have forgotten to write that the film takes place after some sort of nuclear war or something like that, therfore the severe meat shortage. It's actualy a satirical vision of members of the modern society who would rather have their grandmother (or some innocent guy) chopped up and eaten then gave up their fillet mignons and chops.

By the way I love youre website and the rythm scene rocks
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mindflash
*reads the post by the idiot named Elliot*

I love this movie, and no, Andrew, I do not think you are calling it "bad".  Remember that this site also reviews CULT movies (including the wonderful Rocky Horror Picture Show) as well as movies that are just painful to watch.
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