When French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet burst onto the scene with Delicatessen in 1991, not only did it quickly become recognized as one of the most promising directorial debuts in history, but it also did something rare: It managed to capture the world’s fragile social and political state through fiction. Delicatessen takes place in a dystopic near-future metropolis where food is scarce, and the most desperate have resorted to cannibalism. For the past century there hasn’t exactly been a shortage of dystopian films, but Delicatessen set itself apart from the crowd by crafting a world that effectively satirized an increasing presence of political greed, through its unique sardonic and surrealist sensibilities.
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