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

Two pounds. And fat ones.

Thats shoulder, right?

The Kube brothers usual.

Tell me about it!

How much?

Two measures.

Well, Mr Interligator .

Hows your wife doing?


Roger, your muffler.

Ive got it!

She tried to take her life again?

Thank heaven, shes alive.


I think youve got

a customer coming.

Whos next?

I am!

That for me?

At your service.

Put it on my bill.

We know where she keeps

her bill alright!

Your turn!

Carburettors acting up again.

Thatll cost you .

The ride, plus luggage .

Howre you paying?


Thats all Ive got.

Listen . Those shoes there

would do the trick .


Thats all today.

I didnt come for that.

Anyway, I dont eat meat.

I came about the ad.

What ad?

In the paper.

What paper?

Hard Times.

Light building maintenance.

Odd jobs.

Room and board.

Southern exposure.

Its the right place, 129A?

Here or there, this is nowhere.

Theres no neighbour hassle!

And no visitors.

Well I mustve made a mistake.

Not so fast! If I got you right,

youre looking for a job?

Come here.

Turn around.


Turn around!

What do you weigh?

137 140. Why?

Youre no heavyweight!

Ive got work.

But it takes muscle.

No problem.

Im a butcher

but I dont mince words.

You dont seem to be cut out

for the job.

You dont have the bones,

the chest .

Ill try you out,

but youll have to bust your arse!

What a stroke of luck!


Come on.

So what does the work involve?

Light building maintenance.

Odd jobs.

Room and board.

Southern exposure.

Like in the ad?

How about that?

Just like the ad!

Watch it, theres a loose step.

Youll fix it with the rest:

paint, electricity, cleaning .

The works!

Youll like it there.

And therere no neighbours opposite.

Hang the key there.

Ill let you get settled.


Howre things in town?


With rationing, peopled eat

their shoes. Its touchy.

They have no smarts.

Its a mess.

And till things grow back .

Theyll never grow back.

Youre no optimist.

Get that into your skull,

for christ-sake!

Your hair isnt growing back.

Same difference.

Cant we open the window

Five minutes?

I like the smell of glue.

It smells like fish.

It brings back memories.

What do you think of the new guy?

You deaf?

Hes skinny.

Thinking about her again?

They say she hears voices now.

Is it too much effort

to put that closer?


Forget it, shes deaf as a post.

If she gets lost, well find her.

Go back home, theres nothing left.

Im telling you

theres nothing left!

You finished?

Dont stay up there.

Fix the Third floor bulb.

Hi, Butcher!

Hi, Postman!

Got a parcel for your daughter.


Watch the step.

Mind your business!

Go for it, Marcel!

Grab it!

Ive got it!

Throw it here!

You bastard!

Postal Administration!

Article 12.

You have 20 seconds to scatter

and return to your homes.


You have no kids to feed.

That means kids, too!

Cant you read, idiot?

Julie Clapet.

Hes a friend.

A friend?

Here, .

Sign here, Julie.

I call you Julie because I like you.

But I wont rush you.

See you soon, Julie.

Here . For the ad.

At your service.

That new guy looks weird.

An ex-circus man!

From the circus?

It must be nibbles.

Thats why they .

Would you care to taste them?

Yes! Id love to.

Then seven oclock at my place,

time to prepare.

Say, he after her?

After who?

Your girl. Shes sure a cute

young lady. She needs someone .

Shes got me! Got that?

By the way, Ive got news.

They shot one down two days ago.

A superb 30-yard moving target.

No body?

They cart their dead away.

Vermin! They say

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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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