By Don Simpson | March 16, 2012
Directors: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos
Writer: David Foenkinos
Starring: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier, Joséphine de Meaux, Pio Marmaï, Monique Chaumette, Marc Citti, Alexandre Pavloff de la Comédie Française, Vittoria Scognamiglio, Olivier Cruveiller, Ariane Ascaride, Christophe Malavoy, Audrey Fleurot
Je suis Don et j’aime Audrey Tautou… Those huge round eyes, long legs, and sparkling smile… Ah… And I suspect I am not the only guy who feels this way. Directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos take full advantage of the “Tautou effect” in Delicacy. They cast Tautou as Nathalie, a woman whose mere appearance prompts men to daydream about her perfection and beauty; they fall in love with Nathalie at first sight.
One such man is Francois (Pio Marmaï), who observes Nathalie in an idyllic French cafe; they fall in love, they kiss in picturesque French locales with recently dampened streets for the perfectly glistened cinematic effect. Nathalie and Francois get married and live happily ever after… Until suddenly, Francois dies. His death sends Nathalie into a nearly crippling depression.
Eventually Nathalie returns to her office and buries herself in work; and once again men start to swarm her. Two such men are Nathalie’s boss Charles (Bruno Todeschini) and her coworker, Markus (François Damiens). Her relationships with both of these men play out somewhat unconventionally, so I will refrain from spoiling any of the details. I will say that Delicacy cleverly toys with the narrative conventions of romantic films, but also uses those conventions quite seriously as well. Delicacy is overtly cute and quirky at times, dark and harrowing at others. The scenes of Nathalie just after Francois’ death are nothing short of heart shattering. Delicacy also features a very nice message, though telling you what it is would totally spoil the film.