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Delicacy [DVD]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007W2MD0Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,245 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Nathalie (Audrey Tatou) is living her dream life until her husband dies in an accident. To cope with her loss, she focuses on work and leaves little room for another romance. She is brought out of mourning three years later when a shy and dorky co-worker Markus vies for her attention. Nathalie discovers that even though she lost “the one”, if she keeps her heart open there may just be room for one more

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Come Up Here...For A Breather..." 14 Aug 2012
"Delicacy" isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination - but nowadays is that rarest of digital beasts - a 'kind' film - a gently unfolding love story about two polar opposites who need to give each other a chance...

But therein lies some of this French movie's problems with critics and audiences alike (never mind the English subtitles). We're essentially being asked to believe what some would say is absurd - after the loss of her ludicrously handsome and beloved husband Francois (Pio Marmai) - the swanlike beauty Nathalie Kerr (Audrey Tautou) then falls in love with the office klutz - the balding cardigan-wearing Swedish clerk Markus Lundl (Francois Damiens). And of course in the real world - no such thing would happen. But I'd argue that David and Stephane Foenkinos' movie is better than that...

"La Delicatesse" (the original French title) isn't a rom-com or even a comedy as the trailer clumsily tries to portray - it's rather more serious than that. It's a journey from heartbreak back to hope - and it's done with class and a deliberately languid pace. It comes with the usual office dynamics - the already-married boss Charles (Bruno Todeschini) consumed with the widowed prize he can't have - the gossiping secretary Chloe (a shockingly gorgeous Melanie Bernier) and outside of work - friends and their nosey partners who don't rate the social status of Nathalie's new male acquisition (and he's not even that pretty either).

Speaking of physical beauty and its grip on our world in 2011 - the script has a go at these social hypocrisies and often succeeds. But I was more impressed with other sublime and touching moments...
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming 9 May 2012
By the lambanana TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
"A new romantic comedy about Love, Fate and other Delicacies. "
The author of the book Delicacy also wrote and directed this charming film.

Audrey Tautou is one of the most impressive comic actresses that graces our screens. I had come across her co-star in the very funny heartbreaker film Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur) [DVD] (2010) and thought he was equally impressive.
Here, Audrey plays a widow who concentrates on work to distract her from her grief. Three years on, Damiens bounces into her life.

They both know when to overplay and underplay their respective roles and their comic timing is perfect.
Audrey is dynamic and full of energy whilst comedian, Francois Damiens plays her sleepy counterpart.
The film is slow to begin with, and picks up it's pace when Damiens bumbles onto the screen.
Although initially you wouldn't put Ms Tautou and Mr Damiens together, the chemistry works.
Funny, charming, thoughtful and not a straightforward 'chick-flick'

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By dovefancier TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I've just watched it, and first of all, I'm really impressed with Audrey Tatou's acting skills. I've seen most of her films, and I think she's very good, impressive and convincing. This is a romantic comedy but not a crazy kind with too many things happen in one go, but it has some very sensitive elements and emotions that she shows at some parts are very good - I've almost fallen in love with her! For example, in Beautiful Lies [DVD] (2010) although it was a pleasant and light film (I liked the atmosphere throughout though), I thought the role Tautou played was slightly too serious for no apparent reason for a romantic comedy, and for this reason it wasn't easy to feel at ease in depth. However, to me 'Delicacy' is one of the best comedies Tautou has done since Amelie [DTS] [DVD]. There are more than a few scenes I had to go back, after watching it through once, and paused it to appreciate it more properly, for example when Tautou was crying quietly in the back of the car or in her living room, as she was so convincing, and this kind of acting will make good, professional actors from not-so-convincing pretty-faced 'actors' on TV. Tautou is obviously the former one, I was easily drawn into the plot. The way it ends is also very nice and artistic, and it is almost like a Japanese novel that completely leaves what happens next to the viewers' imaginations. She was gazing at the camera for good ten seconds and was very cleaver, artistic and beautiful! Wow! The male actor who played Markus, the Swedish guy, was also very good, and I'd like to see more of him going forward. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicacy 1 April 2013
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Have read this story for book-club & thought it was excellent - the movie is just as excellent as the well written story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Audrey delightful as ever 17 Aug 2012
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Audrey as delightful as ever. A bitter / sweet romance, subtle, amusing, honesty triumphs over pushy. A thoroughly delightful story suitable for a wide audience.. thoroughly reccommendad
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Tautou charms us again.... 6 May 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
I watched this at a community arts centre, as part of their film season and where a mixture of mostly younger couples and women of all ages on their own were in attendance. I was the only bloke on my own.

Now, many enjoy a romantic film; generally, I don't. Audrey Tautou was definitely the selling point for me. I'm sure a good number will find Delicacy a delightful film, full of life's quirks and nicely Gallic, too.

Unfortunately, most of the scenes are in and around the workplace, the direction is boring and the camera-work often rather lazy. And, the film is getting on for being seriously long - 108mins for a rom-com is pushing it a bit.

Thankfully, the characters are rather more interesting with our lovely Tautou generally rather underplaying her lead role and came across as being slightly disinterested, though this may have been intentional. There are a couple of scenes that she acts masterfully, though and these help keep us interested.

The scenario goes something like this - Nathalie (Tautau) is distraught when her perfect life partner tragically dies. To distract her grief she throws herself into her work as a middle-manager (a law firm, I think), but still she dwells on her loss. One day, she literally throws herself at balding and rather gangly Swede Markus (Francois Damiens) who understandably, cannot believe his luck. She initially denies that she had any reason do have done that but tentatively, they become closer. Getting others - her friends, parents and workmates to take Markus seriously then becomes the thrust of the film.

It's quietly affecting and amusing, certainly not laugh-out-loud and will be too subtle and slightly off-key for those who only really go for blatant and brash U.S rom-coms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I have to be delicate
My first Prime "free" - not really view.

Pas mal.

enfin, I'd watch it all over again and again . Read more
Published 27 days ago by Nobby Styles
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect film for me
This film reveals so many aspects of human relationships without a moment of pomp or dumbing down. I do not find it subtle or slow; just delicate. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Justis
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicacy dvd
Lovely, sweet, quirky film. So refreshing to see the pairing of characters and not your average 'romance' at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighful!
I expected that this would be a sweet little film but I ended up loving it for the photography, acting, sensitivity of the story.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pandorapus
5.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Tatou
I love every thing she does so loved this film I think her under stated style and knocking back her bosses advances are just ace if you like French cinema then I dont need to sell... Read more
Published 1 month ago by satinder
1.0 out of 5 stars Delicacy
A slow, not really something I would recommend or ever watch again. Only thing I liked was Audrey Tautou. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like French cinema, check this out!
I absolutely loved this film, heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. I am a big fan for French films and Audrey Tautou, the script and acting do not disappoint. Read more
Published 2 months ago by clarice williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch
Moving film that is beautifully acted. If you love French cinema this is a must to add to your collection.
Published 2 months ago by Ms. L. Linehan
5.0 out of 5 stars French class.
I loved this film. Audrey Tatou is perfect for this role, but the acting honours go to the male lead. Read more
Published 5 months ago by noahs dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicacy - A Very Enjoyable Treat
Delicacy is a beautifully told love story, it is a film about loves - parents and grandparents, friends and colleagues, wives and widows. Read more
Published 5 months ago by andy
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