The style of comedy is ironic, relying on the clash between naively sentimental characters and overly cynical characters, and the incongruity between the script's focus on realistic little details of life and the sentimental devices employed liberally in the direction. Paired with this interesting and refreshing brand of comedy is quirky camerawork and editing that relies heavily on the camera capturing Audrey Tatou-s smolderingly hot middle-age charm.
There are some high concept novels that ought to be adapted to screen even though the adaptation is likely to disappoint. As some courageous directors (and publishers) would say – it's their honour to lose money to aid in the production of someone else's work of art. David Foenkinos here sidesteps the problem by directing the film adaptation of his own novel.
Yet being unacquainted to the medium. language, and logic of film does pose a problem: the adaptation doesn't make for a great film experience despite having an interesting story. Under Foenkino's conventional direction, Delicacy comes across as a cutesey quirky meandering romantic comedy when it could easily have been a brilliant homage to Michelangeo Antonioni, a subversive anti-romcom in the style of his anti-films, and a commentary on women as the objects of romance.