Film Review: Delicacy

Delicacy is an enjoyable French rom-com, with a fairly contemplative vein. The film has a definite Gaelic feel, which imbues the humour.

Nathalie is madly in love with François. The couple go on to marry, and live happily as Nathalie progresses in her career. When tragedy strikes, Nathalie throws herself into work. After a number of years, she finds solace in an unlikely colleague…

Directed by David and Stéphane Foenkinos,  Delicacy is based on the novel by David Foenkinos. Although it is a romantic comedy, the emphasis remains firmly on Nathalie as the sole protagonist. Rather than a straightforward love story, Delicacy follows Nathalie through one important relationship and its aftermath before concentrating on the film’s focal relationship.

The film progresses at a leisurely pace, although it never feels as if it is dragging. The tone of the film is commendable. Delicacy seems to effortlessly spring from comedy to emotion and back. There are some rather serious emotional moments in the film. Whilst these are handled with care, they never become too maudlin.

Humour in the film works very well. Delicacy offers a rather French brand of comedy. Amusement is to be found in sometimes absurd incidents, or in unexpected dialogue. Viewers will likely laugh throughout the film, pausing only for the more serious interludes. Music is used to good effect in one particular scene which is very amusing.

Casting in Delicacy is fantastic. Audrey Tatou is perfect as Nathalie. Tatou brings both beauty and an ordinariness that is essential for the protagonist. François Damiens is also finely cast as Markus. Damiens looks the part of the unexpected courter, a stark contrast to Pio Marmaï’s François. Performances are good all round.

Cinematography in the film is good, and there are some really nice touches with the editing. Overall, Delicacy is a somewhat offbeat romantic comedy, but one that is thoroughly entertaining.