|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Pio Marmai, Audrey Tautou, Bruno Todeschini, Josephine Demeaux, Francois Damiens, MéLanie Bernier, Pio Marmaï, Pio Marmaï|
|Directors:||Stephane Foenkinos, David Foenkinos, StéPhane Fo, StéPhane Foenkinos|
|Genres:||Comedy - Teen, General, Romance - Drama, World Cinema - French|
|Original title||La délicatesse|
|Collections:||August - World Cinema, Bank Holiday Viewing, Best of HD, Best of LOVEFiLM Instant, Exclusive!, Exclusives, HD Films, Just Arrived|
|1hr 44 mins||12|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
By Tegan Kniveton from LOVEFiLM
Not your typical rom-com, Delicacy is a classy but subtle story that prefers minimalism over drama.
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" Come Up Here For A Breather "By Baz (104 reviews) from London , 15 Aug 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]'Delicacy' isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination - but nowadays is that rarest of digital beasts - a 'kind' film - a gently unfolding love story about two polar opposites who need to give each other a chance...
But therein lies some of this French movie's problems with critics and audiences alike (never mind the English subtitles). We're essentially being asked to believe what some would say is absurd - after the loss of her ludicrously handsome and beloved husband Francois (Pio Marmai) - the swanlike beauty Nathalie Kerr (Audrey Tautou) then falls in love with the office klutz - the balding cardigan-wearing Swedish clerk Markus Lundl (Francois Damiens). And of course in the real world - no such thing would happen. But I'd argue that David and Stephane Foenkinos' movie is better than that...
'La Delicatesse' (the original French title) isn't a rom-com or even a comedy as the trailer rather clumsily tries to portray - it's rather more serious than that. It's a journey from heartbreak back to hope - and it's done with class and a deliberately languid pace. It comes with the usual office dynamics - the already-married boss Charles (Bruno Todeschini) consumed with the widowed prize he can't have - the gossiping secretary Chloe (a shockingly gorgeous Melanie Bernier) and outside of work - friends and their nosey partners who don't rate the social status of Nathalie's new male acquisition (and he's not even that pretty either).
Speaking of physical beauty and its grip on our world in 2011 - the script has a go at these social hypocrisies and often succeeds. But I was more impressed with other sublime and touching moments... When Nathalie returns after the funeral to her apartment and the blurry emptiness just hits her - when she picks up a friend's child in a playground and smiles for the first time in a long while - when she later gets an inexpensive but thoughtful gift from Markus that changes her perspective of him so completely. And their year-after-year relationship is allowed to grow slowly - talks on the office roof (dialogue above) - when Markus sees Nathalie's elegant neckline as they exit a restaurant - when Nathalie's elderly aunt greets them in the rain at her country cottage and remarks that he is 'a good man'...
The BLU RAY picture is good - beautiful in places - but hardly exceptional it has to be said. Defaulted to 1. 85:1 aspect ratio it does at least fill the entire screen and the English subtitles are never unreadable. There are 15 deleted scenes (some quite substantial) and the 21 blooper reels where the cast has a giggle are a welcome blast (even having a light-hearted poke at 'The Artist' on the last one).
The camera adores every second of Audrey Tautou - and sometimes her extraordinary beauty works against her - yet she imbibes her Nathalie with a hurt and longing that is wholly believable. When she sobs or delights - you feel both with an equal wallop. Francois Damiens does even better - never overplaying the ordinariness of his Markus - just letting it flow out slowly - but also allowing him those dizzy moments of seize-the-day or love will elude you. Very touching stuff...
Perhaps it's just me - but I can't help but feel that we've been so emotionally bludgeoned over the years by bad movies, violence and cruelty-as-cool - that something as genuinely lovely as 'Delicacy' finds itself being poo-pooed and dismissed in certain quarters. I'd say take a chance on this one - it will reward you...
...And if Audrey Tautou or Melanie Bernier need a dish on their arms for a premier or a red carpet or two - once the female queue outside my hall door has died down and the football's over - I'm available (for a very reasonable fee).
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I am Markuse..By a customer , 15 Jun 2013Simply wonderful. Heartfelt sadness and joy all in one film. Some rather strange characters that inhabit a small office - and some rather unexpected match making. Tatu is very compelling and believable in the lead role and, of course, mesmerising to watch.
Weak and lacking in chemistryBy JudgeDredd (6 reviews) , 14 Jun 2013Very disappointing - Audrey Tatou was as charming as always but the script is pretty uninspired in my view and the story is very cliched. The reactions of the characters are very clumsily developed and often lead to them reacting in totally unexpected and abrupt ways to situations which just don't ring true to their natures. Furthermore I just did not believe in the relationship between Audrey Tatou's character Nathalie and Francois Damiens' character Markus - there was no discernible chemistry between them at all and one got the impression that Nathalie had just given up on being single and decided to settle for the first guy that came along. I have seen much worse films, but this one definitely did not make the best of Audrey Tatou's charm and talent. She needs a much more sophisticated script, and particularly a much better director than this film enjoyed. Still, even Audrey Tatou coasting is more enjoyable than some other actresses at their best (Keira Knightley springs to mind here, I'm afraid).
Classy and beautifulBy Nike1985 (22 reviews) , 12 Jun 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]I loved this. The film was so simple yet I felt so moved it- I laughed and I cried. Like a lot of French cinema I felt that it was kept very real- when they say that Audrey Tautou is courted by a 'geek', it isn't just Zac Efron with a pair of glasses on, it really was a real geeky looking bloke but by the end I was so endeared to him and I found this very refreshing. I thought the performances were really moving and real and this is definitely one I will want to watch again.
Love itBy a customer , 08 Jun 2013It's quite funny drama. I liked Markuse's character. Worth to see unusuall drama. I did not like the fact you could predict that her husband will die. They were just too happy as a couple.
Amusing and TenderBy a customer , 31 May 2013I loved this film. It's the second time I've watched it and it still moves me from tears to laughter and back again. It's neither a comedy nor a tragedy but moves around inbetween, it's so gentle with your emotions you don't realise how it's inviting you into the story wishing Natalie and Markus to be together......