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4.0 out of 5 stars Meat the neighbours!, 19 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Delicatessen [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
In a post-apocalyptic world, while the Australians (in Mad Max) are more concerned with petrol and V8s, and the Americans are making sure the mail gets through (The Postman), the French will, of course, be more concerned with food. Delicatessen never hints at what has brought society down, but is centred on an apartment block owned by the butcher whos shop is on the ground floor. In some ways the building is one of the real stars of the film, with its network of pipes and tubes which are used by the various inhabitants to eavesdrop on or communicate with their neighbours.
Jean-Claude Dreyfus is perfect as the butcher and dominates every scene he is in, and the rest of the main cast fill their roles admirably, although the members of the underground resistance (the Troglodistes) never get beyond a second dimension.
When this film is funny it is absolutely hilarious. At other times it is just amazingly surreal, and is never less than watchable, right from the very beginning which is a title sequence David Fincher would be proud of. Really. The title sequence is worth seeing just on its own.
Special mention has to go to the menus on the DVD, which are beautiful. Some of the options are difficult to read unless you get closer to the screen, but nevertheless these are some of the best menus I have ever seen.
I have a small quibble with some of the translation for the sub-titles, which are sometimes a bit literal rather than looking for the suitable colloquial English, (For example: using the word 'shawl' for a man's scarf jars a little bit) but generally the sub-titles are easy to follow and not too intrusive.
This is one successful French film which is unlikely to be given the big-budget Hollywood treatment, so don't wait for the big-name remake: just watch this one now!
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A. Skudder
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