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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.
"Delicacy'' walks a cautious line between realism and shaggy-dog whimsy, and its hesitancy comes to grate as much as it charms.
Predictably whimsical and lightweight.
Co-directors David and Stephane Foenkinos (adapting the former's novel) ... play cute, shying away from ironic observation and relying too heavily on charm.
Audrey Tautou is the very embodiment of delicatesse - grace, refinement and distinction.
Though Delicacy has some moments of great sadness and genuine sweetness, it offers few surprises. It delivers the familiar whimsical tone of French romantic comedy and the considerable charm of its leading lady.
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'.
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.
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.
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!
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