Long before he hit paydirt with that prim pixie from Montmartre, Jean-Pierre Jeunet delivered the film whose poster used to grace student bedrooms everywhere: a carnival-burlesque romance set in a human-meat eating house, in which an ex-clown (Dominique Pinon) arrives and falls for the butcher's daughter (Marie-Laure Dougnac). This sweet, sinister and endearingly scruffy comedy is played out to a symphony of frogs, bed springs, squeaking pipes, bowed saws and, yes, kitchen sinks - no prop, character or comic opening goes undercooked.

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