If Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie is the cute girl next door whom you couldn't resist, then his post-apocalyptic dark comedy Delicatessen is the crazy twin sister who has finally descended from the attic to introduce herself.

In Delicatessen , meat has become such a rare commodity that cannibalism has become acceptable. That's bad news for a former clown (Dominique Pinon) who takes a job in, and residency above, a delicatessen owned by a butcher (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) who plans to make him the next special (once the ceiling's fixed, of course). Unfortunately, for the hungry masses, the butcher's daughter (Marie-Laure Dougnac) takes a liking to new guy and wishes to spare him.

If the premise of Delicatessen sounds strange, wait until you see it in action. The film's beauty is in its details, and if you don't pay attention to the cause-and-effect relationship the tenants share, the movie will drive you mad.

The twisted premise could probably do that all by itself were it not for the fact that, every now and then, a beautifully shot, completely disarming scene enters straight out of randomland to keep the strangely good vibe going. Fifteen years later, this one is still way, way ahead of its time.

Extras: Director commentary, behind-the-scenes feature, director retrospective.

Grade: A