I'll be the first to admit I didn't expect to like Delicatessen. My mum's friend had bought a box set of films by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Amelie, for us all to watch on holiday and when she put this on after the amount of chocolate eggs we had all consumed, to be honest, reading the subtitles felt too much like hard work. But Amelie is my favourite film so once I started watching and had been caught up on the (relatively simple) plot it's not surprising that I loved the quirky and detailed style of this 1991 film. One of the reasons I love Amelie is that neither of the protagonists conform to to the conventionally attractive Hollywood stereotypes of hot guy and hot girl and this was also the case here with the two main characters played by Marie-Laure Dougnac (Julie) and Dominique Pinon (Louison). Pinon played Joseph in Amelie which got me squeaking about how amazing it is and annoying everyone.
|Julie and Louison.|
The story of Delicatessen; without spoilers or anything that can't be got from the DVD blurb; is set in a post-apocalyptic future, presumably in France, where a murderous butcher seeks to protect his daughter from the harsh reality of their lives. But it's the cast of brilliantly weird and funny characters that makes this film so good as they reveal all thats good and bad and sad about life and each other. The multiple suicide attempts of one woman which seemed endlessly doomed to fail was an example of a theme in the directors work. This power of luck or chance is also evident in Amelie, as in real life it's unlikely that any of her whimsical and complicated set-ups would work.