Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The Stars: Audrey Tautou, Francois Damiens, Pio Marmai, Bruno Todeschini
The Story: Nathalie (Tautou) is happily married to a suave, charming young man (Pio Marmai), but her world is torn apart when he dies suddenly in a tragic accident. To bury her grief, she throws herself in her work and quickly becomes one of the more successful business executives in her company.
Still unable to get over her late husband and thinking she would never be able to fall in love again, Nathalie rejects the advances of her boss (Bruno Todeschini) but not before she strikes an unlikely friendship with her Swedish colleague, Markus (Francois Damiens). Awkward and average-looking, bumbling Markus seems quite out of his league dating an attractive Nathalie, and the pair soon learn they have to cross a few hurdles to move forward with their relationship.
The Buzz: The film – co-directed with his brother, Stephane – is helmer David Foenkinos’ adaptation of his award-winning french novel ‘La Délicatesse’.
Audrey Tatou does her thing... again in this French rom-com.
inSing.com thinks: One can accuse the ‘Amelie’ actress of many things (being too precious and quirky for her own good tops the list) but there's certainly no denying the “Tautou effect”; the phenomenon involving girls wanting to douse themselves in Chanel N°5, and guys getting lost in those sparkling eyes and gamine smile.
In ‘Delicacy’, the Foenkinos brothers use this to full advantage, making it easy to understand why the men around Nathalie seem to drop like flies every time they get to know her despite her lingering sadness and slightly flighty attitude.
Damiens, who mostly cut his teeth in comedic roles, is strangely perfect as gangly Markus. His persistent pursuit of Nathalie is both heart-aching and hilarious, coupled with their unusual but unmistakeably endearing chemistry, you find yourself rooting for a love doomed to be socially condemned.
French musician and singer Emillie Simon lends her kitschy, ethereal musical style to the soundtrack, bringing a fairytale playfulness to the entire narrative. Consequently, it's not a stretch to describe the film as an extended moving art piece, where all elements are carefully crafted to quietly reflect its characters and emotional state.
Drenched in picturesque locales and muted cinematography that blends efficaciously with the mood of the story, the film's subtlety may appear melancholic and even boring to some. But if you tend to prefer romances without your typical clichés, ‘The Delicacy’ might just be your cup of cafe au lait.