By Hemanth Kissoon
“She allows me to be the best possible version of myself,” Markus Lundl (François Damiens)
This is modern romantic treacle of the highest order. Those jaded by banal rom-coms and rom-dramas, especially of the mainstream variety, which are so signposted and lacking in any kind of soul, should definitely see DELICACY. If you’re going to make fluff, make it of the highest calibre. Couple this lovely level of filmmaking with Amelie herself. I’m an unabashed Audrey Tautou fan. Shouldn’t you be too? Hello! A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, PRICELESS, COCO BEFORE CHANEL and DIRTY PRETTY THINGS. (Ahem, the less said about THE DA VINCI CODE the better.) She now delivers the one-two punch of BEAUTIFUL LIES and DELICACY. BEAUTIFUL LIES was not mind-blowing but a delight. DELICACY chucks in melodrama, whimsy, ardour and buckets of charm.
We meet a couple, Nathalie Kerr (Tautou) and François (Pio Marmaï), who are perfectly content. However, within 15 minutes he dies, and Natalie is of course bereft. A shadow of her former self, DELICACY then jumps three years into the future. The film is about her tentative, seemingly accidental, steps back into the world of companionship. For me, directors David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos get the tone just right. They add into the mix occasional flights of fancy, a funny daydream here, or a wonderful cut there (Markus on a roof stretches his arm and the next second he is opening the door to a restaurant). This is all effortlessly super-slick. And I loved it, in particular the ending.