CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Lent 11 "Delicacy" = Audrey Tautour + Francious Damiens

Between the loud openings of **The Lorax** **John Carter** and **The Hunger Games,** will be a quiet little French film starring Audrey Tautou titled **Delicacy.** If **Lorax,** **John Carter** and **The Hunger Games** are big volume energy drinks, then **Delicacy** is a class of red wine best drunk by an aqua environment.

Best known for her work on **Amelie** and **The DaVinci Code,** Tautou portrays Nathalie, a newlywed with a successful job. For three years Nathalie and her husband keep the puppy love alive. One day the husband goes for his morning jog and gets run over by a car.

Grieving, Nathalie buries her emotions in her work. On her first date in romantic Paris, she rejects the sexual advances of her boss. During a routine office visit by the shrubby Markus Lundl (Francious Damiens), the absent minded Nathalie rises from her desk and kisses him.

The kiss proves to be the tipping point for Markus and Nathalie, as office politics and individual desires are mashed together. The tone becomes broader with many American cultural influences inserted into the narrative. **Delicacy** is such a sweet movie, that one can expect an American remake in the not to distant future.

Yet an American producer will unlikely be able to cast another Audrey Tautou. The film is in French with English subtitles, but Tautou's performance translates beyond language. Whether depressed from grief or born again in love, Tautou reveals so much with a subtle glance.

As the goofy Swede Markus Lundl, Francious Damiens is given an international spotlight. At first Damiens' character is used for broad comic situations. It is in the final moments of **Delicacy** that Damiens reveals a hidden strength that lets the audience know that Nathalie will be all right.

Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to seeing **John Carter** **The Hunger Games** and **The Three Stooges,** but **Delicacy** is something special for a mature audience who enjoy romance.

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