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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 #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chelsey
I completely forgot to comment on the woman constantly trying to kill herself.. quite halarious.. I mean the Idea of suicide isn't funny but the way she does it halarious. Just the way she goes about it.. you can tell she doesn't want to in a way, because she sets up such a "convention" with one thing attached to another. Hehehe. It's all funny what can I say :)
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chelsey
This movie is down right strange. But it's creative. And although it has it's "Horror" It auctually is very funny. Especially the scene in which the two are on the bed, trying to find the squeak in it. I did enjoy the film.!
Reply #11. Posted on October 30, 1999, 04:20:12 PM by Noelle (
I saw the commercial for this movie which consisted of the 'rhythmic scene' when I was visiting Italy in 1991.  This was also when that "I'm too sexy" song and that Tori Amos video where she crawls into and out of a box were released.  You really don't get an idea about a foreign country until you watch tv there.  I have to admit that I thought Italy was full of freaks after seeing those three things.  Well, then I came home and realized that those videos were on tv here too and that film was French.  But I think my opinion still stands, you should see the other stuff they were showing.

It is a great film.  And I don't have much of a attention span with subtitles.  I'm not sure if it's "B-movie" fodder but I'm always glad to see good obscure films get coverage.
Reply #12. Posted on December 07, 1999, 12:48:27 PM by Je suis belle et tout le monde adorent moi.
I tried watching this movie... I really did.  But, alas, I could not keep my eyes open.  The real p**ser about Delicatessen is that the subtitles don't always match the dialogue.  What can you do.
Reply #13. Posted on March 07, 2000, 11:18:06 AM by
sardu@hotmail earlier mentioned "City of Lost Children" by the same folks.  I second his opinion that it's a great film - probably not a B movie, as the settings and performances are superb, but well worth watching.  As another side note, the same director did "Alien: Resurrection" and brought the star (Louison a.k.a. Dominque Pinon) with him.
Reply #14. Posted on March 21, 2000, 12:59:50 AM by Hey bad can also mean good! As in "Badass"!
 Oh common and get off your high horses people. So a movie you found deeply moving and totally changed your life or whatevever was reviewed on a "bad movie" web site.  You must admit that Delicatessen isn't for everyone, as "bad" as it is(and by that I mean good).  There are much better things to do with our time than nit pick the labels that are put on movies and challenge people to an art-fag war, especially considering no one said Delicatessen sucked.  It's a good movie why don't ya just watch and enjoy?
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by cj
I first saw this movie when it came out and I was in high school.  I lved it then and I love it now. After reading through these comments, some of you need to lighten up.  Yes this is a GREAT movie, but also YES it has the horrible special effects and strange plot that can give a movie a 'b' rating.  Remember we log onto this site because we love 'b' movies.

Reply #16. Posted on August 04, 2000, 07:06:46 PM by Buckle Bailey
If I here one more person call this film "weird" or "quirky" I am going to regurgitate. This is classic European black humour, demanding such descriptions as "refreshingly different" or "deliciously eccentric".
Thank you, good morning.
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