Review: Audrey's latest love story impresses in this French Delicacy
When people diagnose us with a delicate heart, do the symptoms include a delicate mind too? Is it possible to recover from a true love taken away? And why do we fall for the people we fall for? The lovely Audrey Tautou offers us some answers in her latest film Delicacy based on the book Le Délicatesse.
This modern day story about love, heartache and all the above, starts with the dreamy couple that is Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and François (Pio Marmaï). They have the type of relationship that most people envy: funny, cute, comfortable, spontaneous... Many romantics would even find the act of being proposed to in the street, with a keychain for the ring, rather lovely too – as did our accepting Ms Tautou.
But when her beau suddenly dies in an accident, she feels abandoned, and at that point so did I – my cynical side huffed at the sad reality that nothing lasts forever. However, being the rationalist that she is: strong and frank, she immerses herself in to her work, excels to the point of promotion and gets back on her own two feet. Yay Nathalie!
And then the strangest thing happens...
A Swedish work colleague, Markus (François Damien), enters Nathalie’s office one day to report a problem with one of their projects. Without a thought, she slowly gets up from her desk, walks over to him… and kisses him passionately on the lips. The shocked, wide-eyed look on his face sent a ripple of chuckles through the audience, even from the men, and I knew everyone was smiling along with me in the dark.
Markus is the personification of IKEA. He looks bland and generic with no frills or surprises. He is balding and bulky, but he possesses a humour that captures the audience and a comforting ease of conversation. He is the most unlikely looking character to be paired up with the beautiful and petite Nathalie but because of his qualities, I could clearly see why the attraction was there. It is this that makes the continuing love story so oddly beautiful.
This film pulls at the delicate heartstrings in so many different ways: with an ideal love, a love lost, an unrequited love and a love rekindled. In this very funny mixture of characters there is something for everyone and I predict a definite hit for the idealist, and even the awkward, romantic. Une delicatesse trés bonne!
Delicacy is due to hit UK cinemas: Friday 13th April