La délicatesse (Delicacy)

2012

La délicatesse (Delicacy) (2012)

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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). At first stunned by Nathalie's unexpected attention, Markus comes to gradually believe in her feelings and shifts into romantic high gear. As their relationship goes from awkward to genuinely loving, Nathalie and Markus will have to overcome a host of obstacles including everyone else's judgmental perceptions as well as their own self-doubts. -- (C) CMG

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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.

Apr 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It never hits the target, but its sincerity is surely preferable to the machine-tooled slickness of Hollywood models.

Apr 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"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.

Apr 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 23, 2012 | Full Review…

A charming French love story about a beautiful widow and the schlub who loves her.

Mar 23, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Delicacy'' walks a cautious line between realism and shaggy-dog whimsy, and its hesitancy comes to grate as much as it charms.

Mar 22, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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½

Tautou is obviously not as gorgeous as the movie painfully insists and her character's motivations are always unclear, while Damiens plays an idiot that anyone would hardly fall for, in a terribly written and poorly directed little romance that is confusing and goes nowhere.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

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.

Walter M.
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!

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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