Amazing first feature film by Jeunet, Delicatessen joins the tradition of post-apocalyptic genre. As in Luc Besson's Le Dernier Combat (1983), we just see a world gone wrong with no explaining why and how. I assume this film takes place somewhere in France in the near future, but it really doesn't matter. Even more, Delicatessen joins Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985) in both visual style and atmosphere. We see a bunch of weird people in a weird place and don't know much about who they are and what they do and why.
Delicatessen mixes freak show characters and lots of different genres and does it very well. This movie is weird but also highly enjoyable and thought-provoking, in some aspects also disturbing. The most important thing is that Delicatessen is visually one of the most beautiful (in its own weird way) and stunning films you will ever see.
Delicatessen is a post-apocalyptic classic, one of the top among all 1990s films, and thus: essential viewing.