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Delicatessen (1991)
Rated: R
Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Starring: Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, et al.

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The Bean Counter: 5 Beans out of 5!

This video was recommended by a friend to whom I think I owe a sushi dinner to for this gem of a film.

This fantastically filmed subtitled movie is based in a mist-shrouded possible future of France. A grieving ex-clown takes a job as janitor in a crumbling apartment block. Unbeknownst to him, previous janitors have ended up on neighbours' dinner tables via the butcher who hired him. When he innocently falls for the butcher's myopic daughter, the knife is held back to spare her feelings, but the butcher-landlord still needs to find unsuspecting victims to keep his customers happy with fresh cutlets...

The film's cinematography, hilarious vignettes, slapstick gags, and sweetly eccentric characters, delivers the kind of comedy that springs from a unique imagination, and it's handled with such visual virtuosity that you can't help but be mesmerized. There's some priceless comedy happening here, from all of Aurore's crazy suicide schemes to the scene where everyone in the building takes up the rhythm of the butcher's bedsprings as he cavorts with his lover! A work of pure genius.

5 beans!!!

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