A 1991 French Black Comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic apartment building in a France of an ambiguous time period, and focuses on the tenants of the apartment building and their desperate bids to survive. The protagonist, a former circus artist named Louison, arrives to replace a tenant whose reason for departure is initially unclear. However, it is gradually revealed that the building owner, Clapet, is luring unemployed people to murder them and use them as a source of food for his tenants. Louison's only salvation relies on Julie, Clapet's daughter who doesn't agree with her father's actions and is also in love with Louison, and a vegetarian rebel group known as the Troglodistes, who agrees to assist Julie in exchange of food supply.
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- After the End: Vaguely.
- Attempted Rape: Postman tries to force himself on Julie, but Louison manages to stop him.
- Bittersweet Ending: Clapet's reign of terror may be over, but there's a finite supply of corn and it won't hold out forever. However, the yellow gas is less oppressive in the final scene.
- Crapsack World
- Credits-Brand Products: The original opening credits using household items to display cast and crew names.
- Driven to Suicide: Aurore hears voices constantly telling her to kill herself, which drives her to construct ever more complicated ways of doing it, all of which fail. Her final method involves her swallowing pills while facing a gun set to go off, while she stands with her neck in a noose, with the gas on and a lit Molotov cocktail just under her stool. Ironically enough her actual death is caused accidentally after all the methods involved cancel each other out, except for the gas, which is ignited when her husband tries to turn the light on.
- Electrified Bathtub: Aurore constructs a rather elaborate way of doing this to commit suicide, lying in the bathtub and attaching the motor of a sewing machine to the doorbell, so that when someone rings the bell the sewing machine pulls a piece of cloth down, with a lamp balanced on the end of it so the lamp is pulled closer to the tub. It doesn't work.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Clapet loves his daughter and tries the best to make her happy, despite she is greatly against his methods of feeding the tenants.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Was better, before it got eaten.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Played with. Julie takes her glasses off on hers and Louison's first date. It doesn't end well. She eventually ditches them for contact lenses. God knows how she got her hands on those.
- Hearing Voices: Aurore hears voices which tell her to kill herself. They are actually caused by her neighbour Roger]].
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Clapet is killed by his own throw of the Australian.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Humanitarianism seems to have had an unexpected surge in popularity After the End.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Resounds all through the house.
- Meganekko: Julie.
- Non-Ironic Clown: Louison's previous job, which he quit when his chimpanzee partner Dr. Livingstone was eaten.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: The Australian.
- La Résistance: The Troglodistes.
- Serendipitous Symphony
- Trash the Set
- Underwater Kiss: Between Julie and Louison when they flood themselves in the bathroom.
- Video Credits