Sunday, April 21, 2013

Delicatessen (1991)

What on Earth did I just watch?  I see a yellowish tinted sky and dark buildings. No green grass, no blue sky or white fluffy clouds. Just a sulfur-like yellow permeating the air.  There are no animals to be seen. In fact, the movie focuses on one building, and we never see its tenants leave!  The building is owned by a butcher, but since there are no animals left he prepares humans as meals!

I learned that this is supposed to be a post-apocalyptic world from the DVD case. It does not mention anywhere in the movie about the end times or apocalypse.  To me, it looks like an alternate dimension 1950's, when the constant threat of nuclear warfare actually came true.  The furniture, appliances, TVs, and even their clothes are definitely from the mid-1950's. 

The trouble starts when an ex-clown comes to the delicatessen to answer a want ad.  The want ad is really a trap so the butcher can prepare him as food. However, he and the butcher's daughter become close and she does everything in her power to keep him safe from her father. She enlists the help of the under sewer people to rescue him.

This movie is funny, but it's a weird funny. This movie is so weird. I give it a 6/10. I did like that once the danger had passed, the sky turned blue again.

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