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Audrey Tautou is Nathalie, a beautiful, happy, and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. To cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends, family and co-workers. One day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by a most unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional, gauche, and average looking office subordinate, Markus (comic star Francois Damiens).
Mar 16, 2012 Limited
Sep 25, 2012
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Although there's some meat on the menu, "Delicacy" ends up as lightly sugared and as gently bent as a fortune cookie.
It never hits the target, but its sincerity is surely preferable to the machine-tooled slickness of Hollywood models.
"Delicacy" isn't going to set anybody's psyche on fire with its insights into grieving and emotional recovery, but as a crepe-thin romantic snack, it has its moments.
Their princess-frog courtship has some funny moments, but the trauma and ongoing adjustment of someone losing a spouse is downplayed too much for the story to be entirely convincing.
A charming French love story about a beautiful widow and the schlub who loves her.
From its very title, it's clear that "Delicacy" aims to be a sweet, light French trifle. That it is.
Foenkinos brothers' balance of light comedy and moody desperation is conveyed with a breezy cinematic style
Audrey Tautou stars in a light but charming French tale of 'Beauty and the Bumbling'.
Delicacy is sweet, but never sickly in its sweetness. Tender, but not to the point of mush. Great performances sell its unlikely love story, while innovative direction frames it into an entertaining and digestible package.
With loss of tension comes loss of involvement and the gradual, delicate progress of Nathalie's inner life that is probably so well captured in prose, turns to an impediment for the screen
The slow swell to a final resounding crescendo of light and happiness takes its time but is worth the wait as Nathalie finds what she is looking for
Comedic actor François Damiens mines but never mocks Markus' awkwardness, thereby creating a winning portrait in decency. His tracing, with the ever-luminous Tautou, of the slow bloom of new love is a thing of understated beauty.
"Delicacy" is a decent and entertaining movie. But it is like a soufflé, one misstep and the entire thing collapses.
The movie depends on the viewer believing Tautou is irresistible, and it's so slight that a breath of fresh air would blow it away.
It won't scare the chickens. It won't tax the brain. It won't scratch any tissue on its way down your gullet. It's another Audrey Tautou film.
Audrey Tautou made her name with Amelie, and 11 years on she's still pretty cute. Whether that's enough to sustain a 109-minute movie is another matter.
Despite some tonal wobbles, and a vague sense of deja vu, it's rather charming, and sometimes genuinely sad.
Emotionally engaging French comedy-drama that ambitiously blends several different tones and somehow pulls it off, thanks to confident direction, a sharp script and superb performances from Audrey Tautou and Francois Damiens.
Poignant and charming, this romance will strike a chord with anyone who has loved and lost, and its optimistic message lingers fondly in the memory.
Damiens and Tautou, both appealing in isolation, have a watery sort of non-chemistry together: their romance doesn't grab you by the shoulders so much as pat you on the head.
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