Sim's Scintillating PART 2 of the top 3 best foreign language films.
So it would seem logical that France would produce one of the best films I've ever seen. France has long been a contributor to the ethos of visual story telling and always with an open minded approach. As Hollywood continues to drive the middle path of mediocrity and predictability in order to appeal to the masses, French films often search for an expression that might not appeal to everyone, but just might take your breath away.
So Delicatessen was released in 1991, again probably a bit too old to make the list of 40 I recently read. I understand older films can be difficult to access.
So to enter the world of Delicatessen picture a post apocalyptic France in which food is scarce, people are out to survive at all cost, and within the gloom of fog and darkness rises a dingy apartment building seemingly alone at the end of the world. Here we have a building kingdom ruled by a butcher who has, because of his amazing and unique talent in being able to cut and prepare meat, create a self sufficient world of dysfunction within a world of doom.
Without completely spoiling the plot, know that -- when you watch this -- every character represents some facet or cross section or position, if you will, in society. That you will see through these characters the social interactions of those ignoring where the meat comes from and enjoying it's nourishment. #cannibals oops spoiler alert. But don't worry, redemption and survival can be one in the same in the eyes of a #clown.
Still don't know if you want to watch it? Watch the trailer and I think you'll change your mind.