Delicatessen ★★★ 1992 (R)
Set in 21st-century Paris, this hilarious debut from directors Jeunet and Caro focuses on the lives of the oddball tenants of an apartment building over a butcher shop. Although there is a famine, the butcher shop is always stocked with fresh meat—made from the building's tenants. Part comedy, part horror, part romance, this film merges a cacophony of sights and sounds with intriguing results. Watch for the scene involving a symphony of creaking bed springs, a squeaky bicycle pump, a cello, and clicking knitting needles. In French with English subtitles. 95m/C VHS, DVD . FR MarieLaure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Ticky Holgado, Anne Marie Pisani, Edith Ker, Patrick Paroux, Jean-Luc Caron; D: JeanPierre Jeunet, Marc Caro; W: Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro; C: Darius Khondji; M: Carlos D'Alessi. Cesar '92: Art Dir./Set Dec., Writing.
del·i·ca·tes·sen / ˌdelikəˈtesən/ • n. a store selling cold cuts, cheeses, and a variety of salads, as well as a selection of unusual or foreign prepared foods. ∎ a counter or section within a supermarket or grocery store at which a range of such foods is available. ∎ foods of this type collectively.