LES ÉMOTIFS ANONYMES
ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS

DIRECTOR
Jean-Pierre Améris

SCREENPLAY
Jean-Pierre Améris & Philippe Blasband

CAST
Jean-René Van Den Hugde: Benoît Poelvoorde
Angélique Delange: Isabelle Carré
Magda: Lorella Cravotta
Suzanne: Lise Lamétrie

GENRE
Romantic Comedy

DISTRIBUTOR
Tribeca Film

RUNNING TIME 80’
PRODUCTION France,
Belgium, 2010
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE HDCam, Blu-ray, DVD

“Romantics Anonymous is about the private comfort of sweets, and, as a romance that gently coddles the fantasies of shut-ins, it is the cinematic equivalent of its subject.”
Nick Pinkerton, The Village Voice.

This delightfully inventive romantic comedy takes on two unlikely topics: social anxiety and chocolate. Angélique is a supremely gifted chocolatier, but she’s so self-effacing that any compliment sends her into great distress—a condition she tries to alleviate by attending 12-step meetings for people with social-anxiety disorder. She seeks out employment at the Chocolate Mill, whose owner, Jean-René, is so uncomfortable around others that he’s afraid to answer his own telephone. Neither suspects that the other suffers from the same ailment—a predicament leading to very funny results during their first date. Yet in their love of chocolate they are blissfully in sync, uniting to create a new specialty product to keep Jean- René’s company from going bankrupt. Director and co-writer Jean-Pierre Améris gracefully finds the humor in Angélique and Jean-René’s shared affliction while also showcasing their bravery in trying to overcome it—she with the help of her support group, he with the aid of a patient psychotherapist. Exceptional comedic performers, Carré and Poelvoorde imbue their characters with both dignity and daffiness.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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