Tuesday, February 21, 2012
La Délicatesse (delicacy or sensitivity)
Directors: David and Stephane Foenkinos Cast: Audrey Tautou, Francois Damiens, Bruno Todescini, Melanie Bernier, Josephine de Meaux, Pio Marmai Based on David Foenkinos’ bestselling novel this is a romantic comedy which never really gets beyond being boring Audrey Tautou and Francois Damiens, do their best with a threadbare plot about two 30-somethings who fall into an improbable and ultimately deep-seated romance. A grieving young widow, Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and her (timid man) Swedish-born colleague, Markus (Francois Damiens), wind up forming an unlikely couple in La Delicatesse. Despite some reasonable on-screen chemistry the characters remain altogether impassive, hinting at deeper feelings but never revealing themselves in an intriguing or appealing way. Fans of Audrey Tautou will enjoy this but otherwise its a bit of a yawn.