La Délicatesse [2012] ★★½

Not every movie has to be an event, or a blockbuster. Sometimes, all I ask of a film is that it offers an entertaining diversion for a certain period of time. That’s exactly what I got from “La Delicatesse”. During this current movie season, when it’s all about superheroes and visual experience, small movies tend to go unnoticed. But if you appreciate films that favor character development over plot, you’re probably the target audience for this likable, two character piece from directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos and two talented actors, Audrey Tautou and François Damiens. Tautou plays Nathalie, a successful business executive whose husband suddenly dies in a tragic accident. In order to deal with her grief, she spends most of her time working at the office. Not looking for a new lover, she soon finds herself in an unexpected relationship with one of her office subordinates, Markus. Why unexpected? Because compared to her late husband, Markus is quite weird and mediocre looking. In terms of plot, that’s everything you need to know for now. My only problem with this otherwise entertaining movie is that the characters fall into recognizable pigeonholes, as does the trajectory of the story. But in the hands of these skilled, highly watchable actors, it’s still quite enjoyable. If you don’t respond to these actors, or empathize with their situation, you’ll have little patience with the film. If, on the other hand, you develop a rooting interest for them, you’ll enjoy this unusual piece, a clever mix of comedy and drama. It may not be the best film of the year, but I found it diverting and enjoyable. That’s always a good thing.


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  1. Is it out in the movies yet? I remember I met David Foenkinos at the Salon du Livre in Beirut last year and he said he was working on a movie version of La Delicatesse!

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