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Audrey Taulou and Francois Damiens

Rated: PG-13  
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: March 23, 2012 Released by: Cohen Media Group

This too-familiarized French love story has sylph-like actress Audrey Tautou (remembered most for her turn in the romantic fable Amelie, but also effective in different genre pics like Dirty Pretty Things and A Very Long Engagement) in her comfort zone.
In a way, Delicacy (in French with English subtitles) is an emotional look into the life of Tautou's Nathalie, a successful 30-ish businesswoman whose husband is run down while going out for a jog. Her married boss (Bruno Todeschini) seizes the opportunity to come on to her romantically at a lavish dinner, but to no avail. Instead, an impetuous Nathalie more than attracts the attention of a schlubby middle-aged Swedish coworker Markus (Francois Damiens) seen often with a sweater over his dress shirt.
Directing brothers David and Stephane Foenkinos (the former adapting his own novel) perhaps are too close to the material and can't give it the spark it needs even it imparts a noticeable amount of wit and humanity. Tautou did more in a similar stolid environment as a rising fashionista in Coco Before Chanel and tried to branch out earlier in the popular, but wrong-headed The DaVinci Code opposite Tom Hanks. Her physical presence exudes cuteness, notably in her visage, and no doubt she is wisely cast from her pixie mold.
The relationships drawn out here in a palatable enough production as Nathalie again considers intimacy never distinguish themselves or really take hold. Maybe if the siblings focussed on the overall approach and pitfalls of typecasting with more clarity and, yes, delicacy, a little more creativity and a little more subtlety from Tautou would have gone a longer way as a lasting cinematic experience, if not mostly Gallic and sentimental consumption.

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