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Chicago – In “Delicacy,” the beguiling new film from David and Stéphane Foenkinos, there are moments that beautifully portray the strange effect that love can have on the senses. Two characters spend what appears to be a brief moment together in an office. It’s only upon leaving it that they realize hours have passed by. For fans of charming French rom-coms, this picture may have a similar effect.
The luminous smile that famously graced the face of Audrey Tautou in “Amélie” is replaced by a no less radiant expression of crestfallen heartache. Tautou plays Nathalie, a young woman who loses her great love, François (Pio Marmaï), in a traffic accident. Her stranded heart remains indifferent to the desires of men overwhelmed by her beauty, including her lecherous boss, Charlie (Bruno Todeschini). Thankfully, tragedy has caused Nathalie to favor an uncommon level of frankness, and she has no problem telling Charlie »
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Directors: David & Stephane Foenkinos
Running Time: 104 minutes
Extras: Bloopers Reel, Deleted Scenes, Trailer
Though Audrey Tautou is a superstar in France, her Hollywood fling has been less successful. Delicacy takes her back to her roots as the vulnerable, emotional beauty at the centre of a French love story. Delicacy, based on co-director David Foenkinos’ book of the same name, is a sweet little tale based around tragedy and the human reaction. Nathalie (Tautou) and Francois (Pio Marmai) meet in a coffee shop, and are soon happily married; tragedy befalls their story however, as Francois is killed, and Nathalie struggles to adapt to life without him, until Markus appears and changes everything.
Paris is a beautiful setting for any story, particularly a romantic comedy. It’s picturesque streets and the Eiffel tower are priceless tools for directors looking to generate emotion. »
- Sam Carey
Audrey Tautou has come a long way since her touching, doe-eyed international debut in Amelie. The actress is typecast in such feisty, cutesy roles that it’s hard to determine whether she’s good or just a natural charmer – a bit of both perhaps. In debut directors David Foenkinos and Stephane Foenkinos’ new romance, Delicacy, we find a more determined Tautou at play – who still commands the screen in a delightfully challenging role about life, love and death.
Nathalie (Tautou) is a beautiful, happy and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. Struggling to cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends, family and co-workers.
After being pursued by her boss (Bruno Todeschini), Nathalie finds love and a rekindled zest for life in an unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional, »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
It's clear from the outset this Jj Abrams-produced genre offering isn't your standard slasher movie, as a traditional teen country break set-up is monitored by wisecracking officials in some mysterious bunker. But exactly what the twist is, it's better to discover for yourself. Let's just say it gives the horror formula an exhilarating jolt without destroying it, in a Lost-meets-Scooby-Doo sort of way – a meta-mystery tour signposted with spoiler alerts.
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A Night To Remember (PG)
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- Steve Rose
Since March 14, the French film Delicacy, starring Audrey Tautou, has been slowly been rolling out across the United States in limited release. The film, which is based on the best-selling novel by David Foenkinos, who wrote and co-directed the film with his brother Stephane, stars Tautou as Nathalie, a French woman who has buried herself in work since losing her husband of three years. But, seemingly out of the blue and from a completely unexpected source, her spirits are lifted when she begins dating her office subordinate, Markus (Francois Damiens). The film, as its title implies, is rich and enjoyable and one of my favorites so far this year. It is the kind of romantic film the French do so well. The kind of films that American audiences always claim they want to see instead of the typical Hollywood rom-com. A film that makes you want to rush off to Paris and fall in live. »
- Bill Cody
Film: Delicacy (La délicatesse) (2011) Cast includes: Audrey Tautou (Amélie),François Damiens (Heartbreaker), Bruno Todeschini (Son frére), Pio Marmï (A Happy Event) Writer/Director: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos (first feature film) Genre: Humor | Romance (108 minutes) French with subtitles "What will she order? Nothing humdrum like coffee..." François and Nathalie enjoy replaying their first meeting at Les Cailloux. Falling in love was so easy then. When he proposed, it was totally spontaneous... he put his key ring on her finger... and she said yes. Nathalie had it all... a new job, a handsome, loving husband and plans for the future. But it all ends suddenly when François is killed in an accident. At the funeral, all Nathalie can think is, "What if I am frozen in this moment." When Nathalie finally returns to work, she tells her boss Charles to "pile on the work." Charles, who has always had his eye on Nathalie, »
- Leslie Sisman
In association with Organic Marketing and Studio Canal UK, we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to a preview screening of Delicacy.
Directed by David Foenkinos and Stephane Foenkinos, Delicacy centres on Nathalie Kerr (played BAFTA nominee Audrey Tautou), a French woman, who, three years after the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, is courted by a Swedish co-worker.
The screening, part of Rendez-vous with French cinema programme, will take place at 8:15pm on Saturday, March 24 at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh.
Following the film, the directors, David and Stephane, will participate in a Q & A session.
To find out how to enter click next below for details of how to enter. »
Title: Delicacy Cohen Media Group Review by: Harvey Karten Director: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos Screenwriter: David Foenkinos from his novel “La Délicatesse” Cast: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier, Joséphine de Meaux, Pio Marmaï, Monique Chaumette Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/15/12 Opens: March 16, 2012 Anyone who has loved and lost–whether through the death of a significant other or a dropped relationship–can identify with the delicate plight of the principal character in David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos’ “Delicacy.” The writer and directors, whose previous work, a short comedy “Une histoire de pieds” (about a couple’s first date as seen from the perspective of a foot), deliver a »
- Brian Corder
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