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Delicatessen

4

A mahogany-black fairytale...

The horror movie Jacques Tati never made, Delicatessen carved Jean-Pierre Jeunet a niche as the French Terry Gilliam.

Set entirely in a crumbling tenement ruled by monstrous landlord/butcher Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus), who provides his tenants with meat of dubious provenance, it’s a mahogany-black fairytale of intricately wrought folly.

But its macabre subject is beautifully tempered by a parade of picaresque characters sketched with affection, plus an exquisite retro-’50s post-apocalyptic aesthetic courtesy of reclusive co-director Marc Caro.

Abundant, if reheated, extras include Jeunet’s affable commentary, plus a new doc.

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