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Delicacy (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 12

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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).

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.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It never hits the target, but its sincerity is surely preferable to the machine-tooled slickness of Hollywood models.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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"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.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A charming French love story about a beautiful widow and the schlub who loves her.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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From its very title, it's clear that "Delicacy" aims to be a sweet, light French trifle. That it is.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Foenkinos brothers' balance of light comedy and moody desperation is conveyed with a breezy cinematic style

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Audrey Tautou stars in a light but charming French tale of 'Beauty and the Bumbling'.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

A satisfying, feather-light serving of romantic whimsy.

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

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.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

"Delicacy" is a decent and entertaining movie. But it is like a soufflé, one misstep and the entire thing collapses.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

April 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A gently goofy romantic drama.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

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.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Beautifully written and perfectly pitched, this is a real gem.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Despite some tonal wobbles, and a vague sense of deja vu, it's rather charming, and sometimes genuinely sad.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

No good.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

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.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Takes far too long to say very little about life and love.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Delicacy

This romantic comedy (?) is really pointless and confusing. Tautou is obviously not beautiful as the movie wants you to accept, while her character's motivations are always unclear. Damiens is also lost, playing an immature man that someone would hardly fall for. A terribly written and poorly directed mess that leads nowhere.
January 11, 2012
blacksheepboy

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In "Delicacy," Nathalie(Audrey Tautou) and Francois(Pio Marmai) are madly in love. That is undone when Francois is fatally hit by a car while jogging that probably has more to do with his wearing headphones than with a karmic attack against their being so adorable. Regardless, Natahlie's friend Sophie(Josephine de Meaux) makes up for Sophie and the rest of France in the procreating department while Nathalie buries herself at work for the next three years.

Enter Markus(Francois Damiens) who Nathalie spontaneously kisses one day at work.

With an unenlightened message of couples needing to have kids as soon as possible on the off chance of any kind of tragedy, "Delicacy" probably did not have much of chance in the first place. Its never being able to decide on what kind of movie it wants to be(Tragic love story? Romantic comedy? Musical without singing?) pretty much leaves it for dead. That's not to mention the lack of chemistry between its two romantic leads, as Audrey Tautou attempts to cement her status as France's Meg Ryan, not exactly a compliment.
February 9, 2014
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Walter M.

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A delightful romantic film, starring the very talented Audrey Tautou as a woman who throws herself into her work after the death of her young husband. the tenderness with which this story unfolded moved this viewer at times, and yet it never became maudlin, as she slowly opened herself up to love once again with an unlikely male colleague. Marvelous acting (one has come to expect that from Ms Tautou) and delicious scenery marked this production. The last scene made the perfect coda to a nearly perfect film. Bravo! Brava!
November 23, 2012
Mark Abell

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