‘Delicacy’ (La Delicatesse) Movie Review – Love Is Blind
French film Delicacy (La Delicatesse) stars the wonderful Audrey Tautou and before I tell you more about it, I should probably mention what a fan of Audrey Tautou I am. I’ll pretty much watch anything she’s in so of course when I heard of Delicacy and saw the trailer I had to see it.
Delicacy tells the story of Nathalie (Tautou), a successful business executive whose husband suddenly dies in a tragic accident. She soon throws herself in her work in order to deal with her grief to the dismay of her family and friends. And even though she was not looking for a new love, she sons starts a unexpected relationship with one of her office subordinates, Markus (French comic star Francois Damiens), to the surprise of all her co-workers and friends. Let’s just say that compared to her suave late husband, Markus is quite awkward and average looking, which leads to quite the gossip. Nathalie and Markus will have to overcome quite a few obstacles in order to move on with their relationship.
I honestly didn’t expect to love Delicacy as much as I did, but I really did love it. It is such a simple yet endearing story. I laughed a lot more than I expected I would and when the film ended I wished it could have continued for a bit longer, and that doesn’t happen too often.
Audrey Tautou is great as always (of course no surprises there) but I also really love Francois Damiens. I had never seen him in anything else before although I did recently see him promote a film (not this one) in a French program show and for some reason his face stuck in my head. I know random. Anyway, he’s pretty hilarious and so endearing. Some of his facial expressions are to die for. And as much as he’s supposed to be this “average looking guy” I actually found him quite charming and understood why Nathalie was so attracted to him, which I guess did help me enjoy the film.
The chemistry between Tautou and Damiens is great and you really end up rooting for them. The story does a great job of establishing the character of Nathalie and her loss. We actually do see her with her husband quite more than I expected, which I enjoyed because it not only gave us a backstory, it also made us care for him a bit. This made it hard even for us the audience to move on.
The film might not appeal to everyone because it is a character study between the two people and their unusual relationship, but I really, really enjoyed it. And if you tend to like sincere love stories without the typical cliches, then you should give Delicacy a shot, you might be surprised by how much you end up liking it.
Delicacy opens in New York on March 16th and in Los Angeles on April 6th. You can watch the trailer and check out some photos here.