Although unable to completely disappear into the role, she does away with that irresistible brightness in her eyes for a more demure (but equally intense) appearance.
In the scene where she finds out her lover is engaged to a woman of means, she looks straight into his eyes and says, almost convincingly, “Better a mistress than a wife.” The moment is powerful, even more so when we later learn that Coco Chanel, indeed, never married. Delicacy, 2011 Directors: David and Stéphane Foenkinos Writer: David Foenkinos (novel) Stars: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini Whether David Foenkinos knew it or not, his book was just begging to become a film starring Audrey Tautou.
Her best-laid plans begin to go awry as she develops feelings for a man of average means.
Rather than date him, she trains him to become an “opportunist” instead.
For many of us, things haven’t quite been the same since a young and enchanting Audrey Tautou leaned forward in a dark movie theater, smiled broadly, and whispered to us, “I like to look for things no one else catches.” We were mesmerized by her gargantuan eyes and rendered eternally helpless against her character, Amélie Poulain, that crème brûlée-cracking do-gooder.
Although we have previously seen Tautou play a grieving woman, she experiences real mourning as Nathalie.
In true rom-com fashion a series of ridiculous scenes unfold with an important lesson in how-to-get-what-you-want-from-the-opposite-sex: “Not finishing your sentences—as if it pains you too much to go on,” she firmly advises, “is extremely effective.” Irène has little depth and the same could be said about the film, but it’s pretty obvious that that’s the point.
Tautou is such an authentic, Gucci-wearing, femme fatale that it’s difficult to simply loathe her.
Coco Before Chanel tells the story of the fashion icon’s rise to wealth and fame, ever-complicated by poverty and painful love affairs.
Tautou is really the perfect, young Gabrielle Chanel; at times reserved, but always determined.She performs a sadness so quiet, still and intense, it seems almost eternal.