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Writers:
David Foenkinos (scenario)
David Foenkinos (novel)
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Release Date:
21 December 2011 (Belgium) See more »
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Tagline:
A new romantic comedy about Love, Fate and other Delicacies.
Plot:
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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An unlikely romance between a smart successful Gallic gamine and a balding portly Swede makes for a somewhat entertaining rom-com that could do without the melodrama See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (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
Gabin Siol .... additional grip
Frédéric Thurot .... electrician
 
Animation Department
Alexandre Athané .... animation director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Langen .... set costumer
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
 
Thanks
Yoko Ono .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La délicatesse" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some strong language
Runtime:
108 min
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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An unlikely romance between a smart successful Gallic gamine and a balding portly Swede makes for a somewhat entertaining rom-com that could do without the melodrama, 23 March 2012
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

Attempting to restate her claim as the queen of French rom-coms, Audrey Tautou returns in yet another soufflé-light offering playing a young widow who falls in love with a balding Swedish man who is older, less attractive and less successful than her. Better still, their unlikely love story takes place against the age-old taboo of office romances- but even before the obligatory obstacles from both their personal and professional lives roll along, you already guess that the pair of opposites will eventually end up together.

Indeed, much as the movie tries to differentiate itself by injecting tragedy into the mix, there's little mistaking that first-time directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos- the former of whom also wrote the novel on which the movie is based- never did intend to veer away from the requisite happily-ever-after ending of the typical rom-com. All that remains to be seen is whether or not the journey to that destination is worth the ride- and the answer in this case is only a slight yes.

Of the film's three acts- the first beginning with Nathalie (Tautou) and Francois' (Pio Marmai) whirlwind romance and ending with the latter's unexpected death; the second detailing the tentative courtship between Nathalie and said Swedish colleague Markus (Francois Damiens); and the last demonstrating their willingness to preserve their relationship despite the objections of friends and colleagues- only the middle one proves engaging with its 'Amelie-like' whimsical mood.

Sparked off by Nathalie's decision to kiss Markus on a whim, this utterly charming middle section wittily observes the unintended consequences from that very impulse. In a clever switch of archetypes, it is Markus who turns out totally smitten by Nathalie, so much so that he deliberately runs away when he senses he may be falling too deeply in love with her. That scene set on a bridge against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower is one of the funniest in the movie- ditto for another in which Nathalie takes the initiative to ask him out for a play over office messaging just as his Google search turns out the exact same date idea.

In comparison to the playful simplicity of the second act, Foenkinos' tries to cram too much into the first, trying to create a sympathetic character in Nathalie. Unfortunately, the tragic turn of events that leads Nathalie to throw herself into work for the next three years before she meets Markus fails to resonate, and seems wholly unnecessary to the central romance between the two co-workers. The third act fares slightly better, but a melodramatic turn sparked off by a heated exchange between Nathalie and her boss Charlie (Bruno Todeschini) who also fancies her is amateurish and changes the tone of the film too jarringly.

Thankfully, the movie does finish on a winning note with a beautiful fantasy sequence shot in one single take- though that alone does not distract from the fact that the filmmakers lack the dexterity at rolling romance, comedy and drama into one. The directors' inexperience also shows in the way they have both Nathalie and Markus narrate their own thoughts at random points in the movie, never using the voiceovers as an effective technique to get to know the characters better or to put a spin on the story (a la 'She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not').

Tautou is once again typecast as the gamine with the pixie-ish appeal, and though she is as lovely as she was in 'Amelie', it's clear this role was never much of a stretch for the actress to begin with. The scene- stealer here however is her co-star Damiens, an unlikely choice for a rom-com, but one perfectly suited for the role here with his wide goofy smile and disarming genuineness. You'll easily root for Damiens, and consequently his romance with Tautou to succeed in the movie.

Despite its name, this French rom-com is no delicacy, though it has its fair share of winning moments to make it more than an entertaining trifle. Don't expect it too to be a smart satire on office romances- indeed, it is too genial and whimsical to offer much on the subject. The best it does is fill out the gap for the rom-com genre until the next one rolls along, when almost certainly it will be forgotten.

- www.moviexclusive.com

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