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Romantics Anonymous (2010)
"Les émotifs anonymes" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorella Cravotta ...
Lise Lamétrie ...
Swann Arlaud ...
Stéphan Wojtowicz ...
Jacques Boudet ...
Céline Duhamel ...
Philippe Fretun ...
Maxime, un émotif anonyme
Grégoire Ludig ...
Julien, un émotif anonyme
Philippe Gaulé ...
Philippe, un émotif anonyme
Joëlle Séchaud ...
Joëlle, une émotive anonyme
Isabelle Gruault ...
Sylviane, une émotive anonyme


What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted chocolate maker he has just hired. What occurs when a highly emotional man meets a highly emotional woman? They fall in love, and this is what occurs to Jean-René and Angélique who share the same handicap. But being pathologically timid does not make things easy for them. So whether they will manage to get together, join their solitudes and live happily ever after is a guessing matter. Written by Guy Bellinger

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25 November 2011 (USA)  »

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French visa # 121064. See more »


Le serveur restaurant: [as she enters restaurant] Good evening, Miss.
Angélique Delange: I've come to eat.
Le serveur restaurant: You can do that here.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


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Load up on a few pieces of chocolate and download this fabulous film

Why do the French do everything with so much more finesse than we do? Jean-Pierre Ameris brings us the simplest of love stories, with characters who touch your soul, and with humorous twists that surprise and delight. Romantics Anonymous is a must-see. Must I tell you.

Halfway through watching this fine film (on Netflix) I felt I could not go another minute without a piece of chocolate. We are not talking about a Hershey bar; I had to drive sixteen miles each way to Chatham Manor Chocolates for a few of their chocolate-covered caramels (without the salt) and then hightail it back to my house to watch the second half of the movie while savoring the sensuous chocolate in the way the movie demands. Clearly Director and Writer, Ameris, like most French people, knows his chocolate, and the movie is better for it. "The flavors will penetrate the chocolate. Impregnate it." Sexual. Sensual. Sensational. To ensure you need not leave in the middle, be sure and have some really fine chocolate on hand.

Did I mention it's funny? Laugh-out-loud funny even as it makes you feel empathy for the painful way these two people, Jean-Rene, the chocolate factory owner, and Angelique, the secret chocolate maker, who he hires to do sales. Both of them try — and keep trying — to live in a world that is very difficult for them to navigate. He has them repeat statements just made to them in a way that is laugh out loud funny, confirming their issues. Two painfully shy people whose faces could make a hardened criminal apologize for frightening them. Two people who have a passion for chocolate and a long unfulfilled need to be loved. I loved them both. I'm so glad they loved each other.

Benoit Poelvoorde, who plays Jean-Rene, is an Inspector Clouseau clone but better. While Clouseau was unaware of his own ridiculousness, our Jean-Rene Van Den Hugde is painfully aware of his. That awareness is what makes him so compelling — and a stronger character than Clouseau. His innocent presentation of his Achilles heel shyness, and his running away to regroup at every difficult moment, is moving and so very well done. And yet, he never gives up, which makes us pause to consider our own ability to walk away when the going gets tough. Isabelle Carre, Jean-Rene's Angelique, is as pure as chocolate itself. She's humble, wears a dimple next to her mouth that I have never seen the likes of on anyone before. A hopeful smile that you could practice in front of a mirror for years and never get right. The two together are magic.

Ameris uses the camera in a way that follows his thought process that I haven't seen done before. For example, when Jean-Rene is interviewing Angelique for a job, the camera goes back and forth between the two over and over again, even when they aren't speaking. It helps emphasize the discomfort between them, the anxiety that silence causes for two people who are not ready for its intimacy. Back and forth, back and forth. But instead of making our heads spin, it simulates the characters' anxiety for us. Great technique. Others should try it. Works better than words.

Lest you think my love is blind, there are a few flaws. There is a scene that is reminiscent of Notting Hill. In Notting Hill, Hugh Grant looks at his friends when he realizes he's made a mistake in rejecting Julia Roberts, and they all pile into a small car and speed off to correct the error before it's too late. They are all a bit ridiculous, but in a sweet way, not a silly way. I thought it was a nice scene. Romantics Anonymous has the same moment. Jean-Rene is explaining to his Keystone Cop chocolate factory workers that he has walked from the chocolate maker extraordinaire and love of his life, and they make the same plea as Hugh Grant's posse for him to get it right, and hurry. They pile into a car too small for the group and head out to find her. It's the same scene, although the Romantics Anonymous scene is ever so much better. Subtle. Stronger acting. OK, French.

So two shy people meet and fall in love. They find it hard to make it work, and in the end, they know they are meant to be together. The other flaw is the ending. Running down the street leaving everyone in the church waiting for them? Not so much. Silly, and not in a good way, like Runaway Bride. (Could it be that Ameris has a Roberts/Grant thing?) It's beneath these fabulous characters. Ameris should have ended at the moment when Jean-Rene opens the wardrobe to find her waiting and directed the two to head down the hallway to their wedding. Trust me on this and edit it for the DVD version.

So, load up on a few pieces of chocolate and download this fabulous film.

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