Tautou gives an impulsive kiss in Delicacy
by Fabien Lemercier
He was passing by, she kissed him without thinking. Now she wonders whether she did the right thing. This is the main thread of the debut feature by David Foenkinos and his brother Stéphane, which started shooting yesterday.
Adapted from the former’s best-selling novel of the same name, the film tells the story of a woman who is caught by surprise by a man. The cast includes Audrey Tautou (who starred in Coco Before Chanel [+see also:
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Scripted by the Foenkinos brothers, the film centres on Nathalie, a young widow whose happy seven-year marriage was shattered by a car accident. She is going through the painful mourning process when one day, at the office of the big company where she works, she kisses her colleague Markus impulsively.
For her, it is nothing more than a gratuitous act. But for him, an unassuming, unselfconfident and not particularly good-looking man, it’s a revolution. Deeply perturbed, he loses sleep and his mind over it, refuses to leave it at that and does everything to truly win the heart of this widow who is not as happy as she is bold.
Delicacy is produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault for 2.4.7 Films (whose filmography includes Persepolis [+see also:
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film profile]). Its €6.8m budget includes co-production support from France 2 Cinéma and StudioCanal, pre-acquisitions from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma, and backing from Sofica La Banque Postale.
Shooting will last 42 days, including 40 in Ile-de-France. The title will be released in France in the first half of 2012 by StudioCanal, who will in all likelihood manage international sales.
(Translated from French)
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