Insubstantial romcom Delicacy does what it says on the tin
09:41 GMT, 13 April 2012
Audrey Tautou made her name with Amelie, and 11 years on she’s still pretty cute.
Whether that’s enough to sustain a 109-minute movie is another matter.
Delicacy starts off as a gushing romcom about privileged, good-looking people, as Nathalie (Tautou) dates and mates with her handsome hubby (Pio Marmai).
Pretty cute: while Audrey Tautou still looks beautiful in Delicacy the film fails to impress
Then he dies and she embarks on an unlikely relationship with Markus (Francois Damiens), the gauche, balding non-entity who works for her.
He can’t believe his luck. The trouble is, neither can we.
Both he and she appear bemused and bewildered by the love affair.
I suppose it’s charming — and unusual in the movies, if not in life — to see a beautiful woman fall for a plain man.
But the film, written and directed by David and Stephane Foenkinos, doesn’t delve deep enough to make that fascinating.
Frankly, the hero’s too much of a bore to hold our interest, let alone make us understand what he has to captivate a heroine who, in other respects, is hard to please.
There’s nothing to hate about this movie, but not enough to make anyone love it either.
Still, at least it has what it says on the tin: delicacy.
Now watch the trailer