Delicacy (2011) (Delicatesse)

April 12th, 2012
Author: Meredith Taylor

tatouDirectors David Foenkinos, Stephane Foenkinos

Cast: Audrey Tatou, Francois Amiens,  Bruno Todeschini, Pio Marmai

French/English subtitles  Cert12    Rom-Com from the novel “Delicatesse”

Fans of Audrey Tatou’s cutesy look will happily spend a few hours in her company as  gamine hottie Nathalie married to her hunky soulmate François (Pio Marmai) in their Parisian love nest. But as a bereaved business woman mourning his tragic death she is less convincing and the trauma and sadness associated with loss are seriously underplayed particularly when she breaks into impromptu song and French-kisses her unsuspecting gap-toothed workmate Markus (Francois Damiens). The romance that blossoms with this balding weirdo is seriously far-fetched despite giving us some welcome laughs when he comments: “I could go on holiday in your hair” in a lustful moment that borders on letchery. Bruno Todeschini does his best in a ridiculous role as her jealous love-sick boss but the other characters are trite and inconsequential.   Delicacy, as the name suggests, is as wafer-thin as its heroine and drifts into whimsy by the ending.  It seems that even the filmmakers got bored. MT



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