Cannibalism is really, really funny. At least in director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen it is. The 1991 black comedy takes place in a postapocalyptic France where food is so rare that grain is used as a currency. The setting is an apartment building run by a butcher who lures in prospective tenants only to turn around and sell them for meat to his other occupants. All goes well until an unemployed circus clown comes calling and wins the heart of the butcher's daughter, as well as inciting an underground vegetarian resistance movement attack on the butcher. Everything about the film is so wrong that it is perfectly right. It's a character study of people ranging from eccentric to insane that delivers the kind of sardonic wit only great French cinema is capable of.
Jan. 18-19, 11:55 p.m., 2013