FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

Review: Delicacy

David and Stéphane Foenkinos's screwball comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 20, 2012
2.5 2.5 Stars



For the first 20 minutes of David and Stéphane Foenkinos's screwball comedy, Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and her beau enjoy a relationship as bland and bubbly as Tautou herself. They re-enact their first meeting; they get married; they enjoy three joyful years together as depicted in a montage of Polaroids of them acting kooky in exotic places. Then one day he goes out for a run, and never returns. What a relief. For the viewer, if not for Nathalie, who lapses into mourning, puts in remorseless hours at work, ignores the advances of her boss, and then one day kisses Markus (Francois Damiens, a kind of Seth Rogen with subtitles), the dorkiest guy in the office. For, unlike everyone else, Markus is funny. And nice and poetic. Can their relationship endure the sidelong glances of her friends and his battered self-esteem? The directors handle this, if not with delicacy, then with more subtlety, ambiguity, and humanity than the average Hollywood rom com.

  Topics: Reviews , Kendall Square, Audrey Tautou, comedy,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY PETER KEOUGH
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BUFFET DINING: THE 15TH BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 19, 2013
    "Copraphagy" is a key word at this year's Boston Underground Film Festival at the Brattle.
  •   REVIEW: GINGER & ROSA  |  March 19, 2013
    Sally Potter likes to mess around with form and narrative.
  •   UNDERGROUND CINEMA: THE 12TH BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 12, 2013
    This year's Boston Turkish Film Festival includes works in which directors ponder the relationships between the secular and the religious, between men and women, and between destiny and identity.
  •   REVIEW: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III  |  March 12, 2013
    In Roman Coppola's sophomoric second feature (his 2001 debut CQ was promising), Charlie Sheen shows restraint as the titular asshole, a dissolute ad designer and solipsistic whiner who's mooning over the loss of his latest love.
  •   REVIEW: UPSIDE DOWN  |  March 14, 2013
    Had Ed Wood Jr. directed Fritz Lang's Metropolis , he couldn't have achieved the earnest dopiness of Juan Solanas's sci-fi allegory — nor the striking images.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH