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Delicacy (2011)

La délicatesse (original title)
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A French woman mourning over the death of her husband three years prior is courted by a Swedish co-worker.

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David Foenkinos (scenario), David Foenkinos (novel)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Tautou ... Nathalie Kerr
François Damiens ... Markus Lundell
Bruno Todeschini ... Charles
Mélanie Bernier ... Chloé, la secrétaire de Nathalie
Joséphine de Meaux Joséphine de Meaux ... Sophie
Pio Marmaï ... François
Monique Chaumette ... Madeleine, la grand-mère
Marc Citti Marc Citti ... Pierre
Alexandre Pavloff Alexandre Pavloff ... Benoît (as Alexandre Pavloff de la Comédie Française)
Vittoria Scognamiglio Vittoria Scognamiglio ... La mère de François
Olivier Cruveiller Olivier Cruveiller ... Le père de François
Ariane Ascaride ... La mère de Nathalie
Christophe Malavoy ... Le père de Nathalie
Audrey Fleurot ... Ingrid, la secrétaire de Charles
Bénédicte-Lala Ernoult Bénédicte-Lala Ernoult ... L'ouvreuse du théâtre (as Bénédicte Ernoult)
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A French woman mourning over the death of her husband three years prior is courted by a Swedish co-worker.

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Taglines:

A new romantic comedy about Love, Fate and other Delicacies.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Swedish

Release Date:

21 December 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La delicadeza See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$498,584

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,597,420
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David foenkinos, the author of the novel, appears in 38th minute, being the first man descending the public stairs. See more »

Quotes

Markus Lundl: Elle me permet d'être la meilleure version de moi même.
[She let me be the best possible version of myself]
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References Cries & Whispers (1972) See more »

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Sous les Étoiles
Written and performed by Émilie Simon
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Audrey Tautou charms again....
6 May 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

I watched this at a community arts centre, as part of their film season and where a mixture of mostly younger couples and women of all ages on their own were in attendance. I was the only bloke on my own.

Now, many enjoy a romantic film; generally, I don't. Audrey Tautou was definitely the selling point for me. I'm sure a good number will find Delicacy a delightful film, full of life's quirks and nicely Gallic, too.

Unfortunately, most of the scenes are in and around the workplace, the direction is boring and the camera-work often rather lazy. And, the film is getting on for being seriously long - 108mins for a rom-com is pushing it a bit.

Thankfully, the characters are rather more interesting with our lovely Tautou generally rather underplaying her lead role and came across as being slightly disinterested, though this may have been intentional. There are a couple of scenes that she acts masterfully, though and these help keep us interested.

The scenario goes something like this - Nathalie (Tautau) is distraught when her perfect life partner tragically dies. To distract her grief she throws herself into her work as a middle-manager (a law firm, I think), but still she dwells on her loss. One day, she literally throws herself at balding and rather gangly Swede Markus (Francois Damiens) who understandably, cannot believe his luck. She initially denies that she had any reason do have done that but tentatively, they become closer. Getting others - her friends, parents and workmates to take Markus seriously then becomes the thrust of the film.

It's quietly affecting and amusing, certainly not laugh-out-loud and will be too subtle and slightly off-key for those who only really go for blatant and brash U.S rom-coms. Better seen (I'm sure) as a couple and even more so if that couple are 'together' Delicacy offers some quirky embellishments to add a touch of magic as well as a story that is slightly different. However, as I have said, much of that was wasted on me but I'm still fairly glad that I saw it but I fear, it will fade from my memory rather fast.


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