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Delicacy (2011) More at IMDbPro »La délicatesse (original title)

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Delicacy -- After her soul mate tragically dies, Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) takes refuge in her work and gives up all hope for social connections.
Delicacy -- Three years after her husband's passing, a woman in mourning is courted by a work colleague.
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Release Date:
21 December 2011 (Belgium) See more »
A new romantic comedy about Love, Fate and other Delicacies.
A French woman mourning over the death of her husband three years prior is courted by a Swedish co-worker. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Audrey Tautou ... Nathalie Kerr

François Damiens ... Markus Lundell

Bruno Todeschini ... Charles
Mélanie Bernier ... Chloé, la secrétaire de Nathalie
Joséphine de Meaux ... Sophie

Pio Marmaï ... François
Monique Chaumette ... Madeleine, la grand-mère
Marc Citti ... Pierre
Alexandre Pavloff ... Benoît (as Alexandre Pavloff de la Comédie Française)
Vittoria Scognamiglio ... La mère de François
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 ... L'ouvreuse du théâtre (as Bénédicte Ernoult)
Nicolas Guimbard ... Le voiturier restaurant Charles
Asa Verdin Kallman ... La mère de Markus
Dan Dan Lau ... Serveuse restaurant chinois

Pom Klementieff ... Serveuse restaurant Charles
Nadège Perrier ... Le médecin

Benoît Pétré ... Le serveur café rencontre
Stellan Sundlof ... Le père de Markus
Lara Suyeux ... Serveuse du bar Nathalie / Markus
Sébastien Thiery ... L'homme agressif
Michaël Bensoussan ... L'ami de Pierre
Renan Carteaux ... L'ami de Pierre
Charley Fouquet ... L'amie de Pierre
Gwendolyn Gourvenec ... L'amie de Pierre
Violette Renard ... La fille de Sophie
Philippine Berlioz ... La collègue gomme
Gabrielle De Conti ... La collègue dossier 114
Roland Menou ... Le collègue Millenium
Moritz Parisius ... Le collègue intranet
Philippe Petit ... Le collègue 'je sais pas'

Émilie Simon ... La collègue apparition
Ronny Pong ... Le collègue Nathalie
Sofia-Maria Efraimsson ... La collègue Nathalie
Philippe Hagège ... Le garagiste
Prescillia Andreani ... Le femme du restaurant Charles
Hocine Djabella ... Le patron du bar Charles / Markus

Sasha Spielberg ... Femme couple touristes
Jérôme Domenge ... Homme couple touristes
Denise Durand ... La grand-mère au Caddie
Louise Ressort ... Nathalie enfant
Louise Gaubert ... Nathalie adolescente
Claire Baschet ... Top-model 1
Agnes Bouille ... Top-model 2
Fanny Crawford ... Top-model 3
Maëva Lefebvre ... Top-model 4
Yamina Meghraoui ... Top-model 5
Léonie Fatoumata Traoré ... Top-model 6
Joy Wielard ... Top-model 7 (as Joy Wielart)

Audrey Marnay ... Le mannequin fantasme
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
François-Marie Nivon ... Le client asiatique (uncredited)

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Daniel Semporé ... Un collègue de Nathalie (uncredited)

Directed by
David Foenkinos 
Stéphane Foenkinos 
Writing credits
David Foenkinos (scenario)

David Foenkinos (novel)

Produced by
André Logie .... associate producer
Xavier Rigault .... producer
Marc-Antoine Robert .... producer
Original Music by
Émilie Simon 
Cinematography by
Rémy Chevrin 
Film Editing by
Virginie Bruant 
Casting by
David Bertrand 
Production Design by
Maamar Ech-Cheikh 
Set Decoration by
Jimena Esteve 
Costume Design by
Emmanuelle Youchnovski  (as Emmanuelle Youchnowski)
Makeup Department
Jane Milon .... key hair stylist
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Patricia Planche .... makeup artist additional
Alice Robert .... makeup artist
Jean-Christophe Roger .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Anaïs Ascaride .... unit production manager
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Marie Giustinati .... assistant post-production manager
Philippe Hagège .... production manager
Marie-Anne Houzé .... assistant unit manager
Moritz Parisius .... assistant unit manager
Pierre Py .... unit manager
Audrey Sillet .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Bricault .... first assistant director
Antek Graczyk .... additional assistant director
Delphine Heude .... second assistant director
Art Department
Alexandre Athané .... photomontages and special designs
Bruno Perdrigeat .... art department clearances
Clemence Rafin .... assistant art director
Emmanuelle Roy .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Marie Giustinati .... assistant foley recordist
Adrien Guillemot .... sound mix re-recording assistant
François Lambert .... foley/adr recording assistant
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Vincent Milner .... foley artist
Rafael Ridao .... boom operator
Felix Rost .... adr recordist
Daniel Sobrino .... sound mixer
Vincent Vatoux .... sound editor
Special Effects by
François Philippi .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Alexandre Athané .... digital compositor
Olivier Blanchet .... senior digital compositor
Sophie Denize .... visual effects producer
Cédric Fayolle .... visual effects supervisor
Jérôme Foucout .... digital compositor: Mikros Image
Camera and Electrical Department
Joel Canard .... groupman
Stéphane Cry .... electrician
Jessica Forde .... additional still photographer
Carole Gargam .... assistant camera
Valentina Iorio .... grip
Mathieu Le Bothlan .... first assistant camera
Gabin Siol .... additional grip
Frédéric Thurot .... electrician
Animation Department
Alexandre Athané .... animation director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Langen .... set costumer
Sandrine Langen .... wardrobe
Chloé Lesueur .... costumiere
Editorial Department
Pauline Bouyer .... post-production coordinator
Virginie Bruant .... editor
Jean-Baptiste Le Guen .... digital film supervisor
Magalie Léonard .... colorist
Karine Prido .... assistant editor
Music Department
Amélie de Chassey .... music supervisor
Delphine Mathieu .... music supervisor
Other crew
Aude Lemercier .... location scout
Lara Rastelli .... script supervisor
Charles-Edouard Renault .... legal counsel
Felipe Salazar .... assistant location manager
Yoko Ono .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"La délicatesse" - France (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for some strong language
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Delicacy, 23 April 2012
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Expectations can be such a bitch, when pre-conceived notions formed by others become shattered when reality dawns upon them. It can apply to many areas, but in a romantic comedy, it almost certainly applies to how one perceives the other half that a friend had chosen. And I suppose for the girls if their friend's new beau doesn't come tall, dark and handsome, but balding, goofy and awkward, then there will be bewilderment that will take on a life of its own around the gossip mills.

The debut feature of directors David and Stephane Foenkinos, adapting from the former's novel, Delicacy turned out to be not what one expected, with scenes played out in rather individualistic fashion, and ultimately never finding a natural rhythm of pacing. It's a classic case where the sum of all its parts turned out to be rather rote and hardly surpassing the brilliance of ideas injected into individual episodes, making it a rather rough ride where you'd constantly wonder just where the story is heading.

The draw here is of course Audrey Tautou, playing yet another strong female character whose whirlwind romance with Francois (Pio Marmai) comes to a full stop when the inevitable happens, in a scene where I was expecting a vehicle to hit Francois on the screen from right to left. Well that wish got unfulfilled, but Francois does succumb to injuries and Tautou's Nathalie Kerr becomes a widow, devoting herself to her work for the next three years, before discovering opportunities for a fresh love life comes knocking on her door again. And all these serving as the prologue, while being really inconsequential to everything else that came after, and could have sped up the pacing to get to the crux of the story instead.

And that's the new chapter of her life predominantly set in her workplace, where her boss Charles (Bruno Todeschini) tried to hit on her, and her fellow work group mate Markus Lundl (Francois Damiens) becomes comically attracted to her because of her sudden and unexpected, one off advances where she kisses him out of the blue. The rest of the film deals with their romantic dalliances, with some nice touches to dialogues given Markus' deadpan humorous streak, and self-deprecating jokes that gets delivered with a straight face. But it's true, I suppose for those who don't have what it takes on the outside, being a funny man definitely works wonders, and Markus soon has Nathalie eating out of his hand, not that he could handle the attention anyhow.

While the romance doesn't really work out that well, what did work are the little background events that anyone working in an office will encounter from time to time, and these are the most fun, with gossips spreading like wildfire, and how sometimes we get easily offended by others who tend to be quick to pass judgement on who we are from glimpses on the outside. Audrey Tautou is at her pixie best in a role somewhat failed to challenge the actress, with Francois Damiens upstaging her in almost every aspect and scene, thanks to having portray a more interesting character complete with insecurities and quirks that is easily identified with by anyone - you will feel his pain when being compared with the Ideal, Perfect Man, who exists only in minds and not in real life, and being quite the good sport and feeling quite comfortable with himself when his shortcomings are mocked at.

Delicacy turned out to be a rather choppy ride, with a rather erratic pacing and structure that seemed to branch off and take on a life of its own, rather than to be in sync to form a more coherent narrative. Still, it's down to the chemistry of the leads when playing the unlikeliest of couples both in social standing, looks and attitudes, without whom this delicacy would have turned out to be a bland affair.

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