Delicacy

Delicacy

Nathalie has a wonderful life. She's young, beautiful and has the perfect marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident, it brings her world crashing down. For the next few years, she focuses on work, setting aside her emotions. After a spontaneous and inexplicable kiss between her and co-worker Markus the two then embark upon their own emotional journey; one that raises all kinds of questions. 2.4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
Delicacy

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Certificate
Genre Comedy, Romance
Director Stéphane Foenkinos, David Foenkinos
Cast Audrey Fleurot, François Damiens, Audrey Tautou
Studio Studio Canal UK
Release Date April 2012
Running Time 108 mins
 

Nathalie has a wonderful life. She's young, beautiful and has the perfect marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident, it brings her world crashing down. For the next few years, she focuses on work, setting aside her emotions. After a spontaneous and inexplicable kiss between her and co-worker Markus the two then embark upon their own emotional journey; one that raises all kinds of questions.

Reviews

The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Tautou is now so skinny that you keep expecting her to slip down a crack in the pavement, and the film as a whole doesn't have much more meat on it, in plot terms, but Delicacy serves up lots of tasty morsels to nibble on: the elegant ways in which it skips from day to day and year to year; hints dropped about the secret lives of its supporting characters; dresses that make the female staff of Mad Men look as if they've slouched in on Casual Friday.

15/04/2012

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Empire Magazine

Anna Smith

Most of the time, the narrative feels unclear. Should Nathalie settle for someone she’s not instantly attracted to? How much do we care? But the journey’s amusing enough.

10/04/2012

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The Guardian

Catherine Shoard

Despite some tonal wobbles, and a vague sense of deja vu, it's rather charming, and sometimes genuinely sad.

12/04/2012

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

Somehow though, the film remains more charming than it has any right to be – possibly because its tendency to switch back and forth from whimsical cuteness to troublingly genuine emotions keeps us alert throughout.

11/04/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

The final 40 minutes or so are taken up by the directors finding various ways to say: “Look, she’s really pretty and he looks like a carved potato. And yet they have a special connection.” Damiens is a likable lunk whose gently comic turn does much to salvage the pedestrian screenplay and uninspired direction. However, there is only so much the actors can do with so-so material and, for all Tautou and Damiens’ efforts, this film is about as enduring as a lung full of Gitanes smoke.

12/04/2012

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Total Film

Emma Dibdin

Never veering into kook but remaining in the realms of the recognisable.

12/04/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

The movie depends on the viewer believing Tautou is irresistible, and it's so slight that a breath of fresh air would blow it away.

15/04/2012

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The Evening Standard

The Evening Standard

It’s lightweight stuff masquerading as something more serious and too cutesy for my taste. But others may well disagree.

13/04/2012

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The Financial Times

Antonia Quirke

A nice opening moment in which a man wonders about love and life in a café is reminiscent of the sexiest, saddest moments in Eric Rohmer’s Love in the Afternoon (such musings always sound better in French) but the rest really is no good.

12/04/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Robbie Collin

If it offered even a slightly original spin on that clapped-out beauty-meets-beast premise, this review would read very differently. As it is, this is a cookie-cutter-kooky office romance.

12/04/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

It's a bit of a curate's egg. The mismatch is a trump card for audiences sick of beautiful pairings, and Damiens plays the unlikely romantic very winningly. On the downside, Tautou, for all her gorgeousness, is a tiresome, pouty presence: "Actresses are such a drag," she says, more accurately than she knows.

13/04/2012

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

I suppose it’s charming — and unusual in the movies, if not in life — to see a beautiful woman fall for a plain man.

13/04/2012

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

Tautou is, ironically, more than this wafer-thin, clunkily executed film deserves.

12/04/2012

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

When Hollywood makes insipid, corny tales of romance such as this, everyone groans, but being French, Delicacy is meant to be cute and charming. It’s bland and totally inconsequential and features that sexless and insufferable pixie, Tautou.

15/04/2012

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