Delicatessen (1991)

Before actually watching the movie, we were given a short overview of what the movie would entail and also that it took place in a post-apocalyptic environment. When we actually started the movie, I quickly put the pieces together that the movie would take place in a post-apocalyptic France. I used the accents, the background music that was chosen, and the language in which the characters spoke. It was interesting because when there was not any dialogue, which could last for several scenes, the movie heavily relied on dramatic music as well as sound effects. 

For the first few minutes of the movie, I found it interesting that it started out with the butcher sharpening his knives with no dialogue involved although there were other people in this scene. After this scene had taken place, the cameras showed the butcher killing a person that lived in a trashcan outside of a desolate apartment complex that the butcher owns. I thought that this scene was vital for the movie in that it showed why the movie title was perfect for this film.


Overall, I enjoyed watching this movie. I loved how within the same apartment complex, there were so many different tenants within. At first, I did not understand how each tenant was important to the apartment complex, but as the movie went on I figured it out. I put the pieces together that Julie was the butcher’s daughter. It was great that the producers of the movie did not make that apparent at the beginning of the movie but rather more towards the middle of the movie. Also, I thought that it was enjoyable to see that everyone who knew the butcher, including people who did not live in his apartment complex, knew what he was capable of. The only person who did not know what the butcher was capable of was Mr. Louison, the tenant who was interested in his daughter (Julie). I really enjoyed seeing how each tenant of the apartment struggled with different economical or social issues. It was fascinating to see that the movie started and ended the same way. From the beginning of the movie throughout the entire thing, the directors made this quite a visual film. Overall, I thought that this movie was a good film selection and I am glad that this is the first movie we saw in class because had it not been for class, I would have never known about this movie.


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