Written March 26, 2012
The beginning moves poetically but slowly along without enough humor for me. Audrey Tautou is gloriously beautiful on one hand but a little pouty and humorless on the other. Francois Damiens is such an earthy, awkward contrast to her. It's almost embarrassing at first. However, the watcher learns to love him as he sees and accepts her for what she really is. He brings humor, joy, and aliveness back into her life playing his absolutely dreadful, Swedish music which he describes as, "a group of Swedish musicians who were crushed by Abba." giving her a beautifully wrapped gift of Pez,which her father would always give her as a child, and finally imagining her through all the stages of her life. in the end, the movie is touching and redeeming, definitely worth seeing.
Written June 19, 2012
As we tread through life certain ubitqtious lessons are revealed. One is that grief has no parameters and spares no one; the second vital, and surprising lesson, is that you do not choose who you love; it can come out of oblivion, tackle your blind side, imprison your heart in a fortress; its duration, ephemeral or eternity..."Delicacy" is wistful, gentle in its tale of loss, love, rejuvenation. For those who read the novel by David Foenkinos (also directs with his brother, Stephane) there are no surprises and eventually the film will fade, as does all fantasy but there was one line worth remembering: when asked about his love for Nathalie, Markus replies that she makes him "the best version of himself". A simple, succinct testimony of what one should search for and nurture in a partner...
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