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  • Bon appétit!

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on October 15th, 2005 (All posts by )

    I originally had this on as an image that displays on the site, but got a hint that it might be too gruesome; don’t worry though, the character is just faking it and isn’t eaten in the movie: Image
    (I’m into black humor, and besides, in the context of the movie it is pretty funny, so it didn’t even occur to me that it might gross somebody out).

    The French movie Delicatessen is a wonderfully macabre comedy. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where meat is unaffordable, so you can easily guess where the cannibalism angles hinted at with the picture is coming in. The film also has the best botched suicide scene ever.

    Highly recommended (although I’m afraid that it’s unlikely that you’ll ever find it).

    Btw, the director of Delicatessen went on to direct Alien: Resurrection. While not exactly a great movie that wasn’t really his fault by the time he joined the project the script had been rewritten countless times. Also, Dominique Pinon in the picture above played the wheelchair-bound Vriess.

     

    10 Responses to “Bon appétit!”

    1. Lex Says:

      Ralf, that is a truly horrendous picture.

    2. Ralf Goergens Says:

      No sweat, the character is just faking it.

      Good point, though, you think I should take it down?
      I mean, I’m into black humor, but others might not be, like yourself.

    3. Ralf Goergens Says:

      There, I replaced it with a link.

    4. Jonathan Says:

      I dunno, it looks pretty funny to me, maybe because the image appears too clean and posed to be real. The cleaver-in-the-head thing is an old cliche’.

    5. Ralf Goergens Says:

      I dunno, it looks pretty funny to me, maybe because the image appears too clean and posed to be real. The cleaver-in-the-head thing is an old cliche’.

      Well, it might be too much for some. I’ll leave it as a link, lest I scare off potential readers. :)

    6. Shannon Love Says:

      Delicatessen is a strange little movie. Very French.

      I liked “Cité des enfants perdus” (“City of Lost Children) Marc Caro also directed better.

    7. Mike Beversluis Says:

      FYI, Delicatessen’s pretty widely available here. And he overdid the slime in Alien’s 4, a monotonically decreasing sequence.

    8. Ralf Goergens Says:

      FYI, Delicatessen’s pretty widely available here.

      Oh, my bad. I should have expected that, making and distributing DVDs has become so cheap that movies can be distributed much more widely than before.

      I agree on Alien 4.

    9. Jay Manifold Says:

      The previews were hilarious, and I saw it when it got to the States. Strange, to be sure, but turns out very sweet in the end.

    10. Ralf Goergens Says:

      I loved all of it, it is so over the top that the violence is funny, too. And I really loved the botched suicide, as I wrote above.