La Delicatesse (Film)
Barry C Chung
Directed by brothers David and Stephane Foenkinos, French film La Delicatesse is a 'dramedy' in every sense of the word.
After meeting at a cafe, Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and Francois (Pio Marmai) engage in a speedy romance that leads to a happy marriage. Then one day Francois dies after being hit by a car, and drama ensues.
Freshly widowed Nathalie, though sad, moves on with her life. She discards everything that reminds her of her late husband.
Three years later, Nathalie holds a top position at a company run by Charles (Bruno Todeschini) who has fallen in love with her. Nathalie, however, begins to fall for another pursuer, her quirky Swedish co-worker Markus (Francois Damiens).
If Tautou symbolises elegance, Damiens is clearly the film's clown. His brutish body, goofy behaviour and rugged features are a humorous foil to the delicate and graceful Tautou.
Every good plot needs conflict, but La Delicatesse provides little of that. Nathalie and Markus' relationship develops gradually, but steadily, as neither the jealous boss nor suspicious friends pose any barrier.
La Delicatesse is unusual, breezy and forgettable. There's a steady stream of laughs to get you to the final credits. For what it is - a dramedy - it succeeds. Just don't expect anything more.