It’s funny the little things you notice when watching “Delicacy,” opening this week at the Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena. Like the fact that Parisian pixie Audrey Tatou wears the same shoes and often the same outfit in many scenes. But after all, she is an office worker, so it makes sense she hasn’t popped into Chanel for a fresh outfit every day. It’s a reality check that’s been scrubbed over so many times in a glossy well groomed Hollywood format that it’s strangely fixating.
It’s these charming deviations that flavor this French romantic film with an appealing aperitif to an otherwise well worn tale of the beauty and the beast she falls in love with. With her big soulful eyes and quirky girl charm, Tatou (of “Amelie” fame) is always a riveting presence on screen, even when her role seems out of kilter.
In “Delicacy” she plays Nathalie, who at first seems to have a perfectly planned life — a handsome and exciting husband she adores, and a path paved up the corporate ladder at work. Impending doom is bound to be around the corner, and not hard to predict, as her husband runs out the door for a daily jog with a wistful “see you later.” No surprise to the audience when he doesn’t make it back and Nathalie is plunged into grief, burying herself in work to escape.