review for Delicatessen on AllMovie

Delicatessen (1991)
by Matthew Doberman review

From its gloriously loopy opening sequence to its hilariously rhythmic love scene to its climactic showdown in the bowels of city sewers, Delicatessen is a bizarrely inspired, darkly comic fantasy. Not merely weird for weirdness' sake, the film is a surprisingly tender tale revolving around Louison (Dominique Pinon), a good man trapped in a bad world, forever pining for his lost soul-mate. Pinion's Louison is heroic, innocent and comic all at the same time. What makes Delicatessen most memorable, however, is its dream-like, post-apocalyptic look. Directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet devised the film with writer Gilles Adrien, primarily an author of comic books; given its unique visuals, it makes sense that the similarly inventive Terry Gilliam (Brazil) championed the film's worldwide release.