Directed by: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos
Written by: David Foenkinos (novel) (screenplay)
Starring: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens and Bruno Todeschini
The romantic comedy genre has been exhausted to death, repeating exhausted conventions and replacing the word ‘comedy’ with cheese. But every now and then, a romantic comedy comes along that surprisingly sweeps you off your feet and meets up with you years down the road for a 5th anniversary viewing. Delicacy is THE ONE.
While a synopsis would usually be included in this review, Delicacy is a film better left unsaid. As the surprises and the dramatic change of events occur with a clever and intentional reversal of the conventional, the effect of the film is best experienced with less knowledge of the plot. What I can say, however, is that the characters are an absolute delight. Coupling deeply human motivations with quirky and eccentric qualities that are almost cartoon-like, Delicacy captures humor and heart-warming romance in a simple and effective tale.