A flawless, surreal, comic, romantic vision
4th December 2003
Perfect in conception and realisation, Delicatessen is a window into a darkly comic and orthogonal world.
There is little in this film that you would ever dream of yourself, yet everything is familiar.
When the man in the half submerged cellar; sitting in a sodden airmchair, crawling with snails, wearing glases with bulbouse white ping-pong ball halves as lenses, raises his arm - as the circular buzzing of a fat fly comes close - you know it will be holding a curled party whistle, which he blows to catch the fly - completing the scene.
Scenes like these are not the focus of the movie, they are part of the otherworldly palette necessary to create this whimsical and surreal romance.
In the words of the previuous reviewer, 'your life needs this film' !