BY PETER W. SHEEHAN
LA DELICATESSE (Delicacy). Starring: Audrey Tautou, Francois Damiens, Pio Marmai, and Bruno Todeschini, Directed by David Foenkinos, and Stephane Foenkinos. Rated M (Coarse language). 105 min.
This sub-titled French film is based on a novel written by David Foenkinos, who co-directed the movie with his brother, Stephane. It is a comedy-drama movie of an unlikely love affair between, Nathalie (Audrey Tautou), an office executive, and Markus (Francois Damiens), a Swedish co-worker.
The film is basically in three parts. The first, is where tragedy strikes; the second, is where romance blossoms; and the third, is where romance matures.
Tragedy strikes, when Nathalie’s handsome husband, Francois (Pio Marmai), who is wedded deliriously happily to her is killed tragically in an auto-accident. Grief at the loss turns Nathalie into a workaholic, which earns her an office promotion.
Audrey Tautou brings her usual style of coquettish aloofness and pixiness to the role of Nathalie, and Francois Damiens is terrific as the clumsy man she falls in love with.
This is a movie that is delicate in its direction, and there are comic scenes that are delightfully humorous in a very French way.
– Peter W. Sheehan is associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting.
La Delicatesse (Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting)