Synopsis: The story is centered on a microcosm of a post-apocalyptic society where food is so rare it's invaluable and is used as currency. The story centers on an apartment building with a delicatessen on the ground floor. The owner of the eatery also owns the apartment building and he is in need of a new maintenance man since the original "mysteriously" disappeared. A former clown applies for the job and the butcher's intent is to have him work for a little while and then serve him to quirky tenants who pay the butcher in, of course, grain. The clown and butcher's daughter fall in love and she tries to foil her father's plans by contacting the "troglodytes", a grain eating sub-group of society who live entirely underground. The "trogs" are possibly the most sensible of the lot, as they see food as food and not money.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Production: Lionsgate
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

they even eat money.

Got to get rid of them for good,


Those seed-eating faggots .

Theyll get it, alright!

Bye, Butcher!

Bye, Postman!

Think its for tonight?

I hope so.

Goddamn butcher,

I know he wont do it tonight.

He dawdles just to piss me off!

It works!

Whats he waiting for?

For the new guy to escape

in a garbage can, too?

How long did he last us?

A week.

Not counting the bouillon.

A week. We finished

the last chunk two days ago.

Im hungry!

I have a pit inside!

A fucking hell of a pit!

My dear Hercules .

Every man for himself .

Its me.


Come in.

Please, come in.

This is for you.


Sit down.

Did you paint this?

Yes . Its nothing much.

Thats alright.

I made tea.

Shall I pour it?

Yes, please.

I hope you dont find me

too forward.

Not at all. Why should I?

A girl invites you to her home .

A bit improper, maybe?

Well, actually .

I wanted to thank you

for this morning.

Thank me for what?

You rescued my package

in the stairs.

I was moved by your gesture.

Its only natural.

But usually,

people only think of themselves

these days.

Its normal,

they have nothing.

Deep down, theyre good people.

Im glad they like me.

Theyre very kind.

Things are fine with your dad, too.

I believe he thinks Im a nice guy.

Why not try gourmet cheese spread?

Thats new!

And its handy.

They talk to me about you.


The voices in my head.

Of course, the voices!

What do they say?

Let me think .

They talk in such a way .

Do they talk about love?

Robert is a pervert, an arse-wipe,

a panty-eater. See?

But thats not true!


youre missing something hilarious!

Anyway, I have no choice.

Here . Tomorrow, at eleven sharp.

Ring! Dont let me down.


Move out? What for?

Ive just moved in!

This place isnt that great:

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (French: [ʒɑ̃ pjɛʁ ʒœnɛ]; born 3 September 1953) is a French film director and screenwriter known for the films Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection and Amélie. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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