Romantics Anonymous (2011)
Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker whose uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents. Struggling chocolatier Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), who also suffers from a similar case of awkward bashfulness that threatens to drown his company, hires Angelique as his new sales associate. Realizing she's attracted to her boss, Angelique decides to anonymously develop a new line of chocolates to save the company. With the future of the business hanging in the balance, Angelique and Jean-Rene must overcome their limitations and confess their sweet affections for one another in this delectable comedy. -- (C) Tribeca … More
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as Angélique Delange
as Monsieur Mercier
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Critic Reviews for Romantics Anonymous
Movies that truly have the capacity to delight - that amuse and lift the spirits and create a warm feeling - are rare. "Romantics Anonymous" is one of those rare delights.
If you really like French ambience, this film is drowning in it. But don't expect Amelie or Chocolat. This film is far less witty, charming and moving than those films, no matter how desperately it tries to emulate them.
So much is conveyed in what isn't said: the half-finished words, the broken syllables, the inarticulate noises, even the silences.
Romantics Anonymous is a delightfully sweet comedy where love, chocolate and social anxiety blend to make a deliciously offbeat treat.
Whilst I hoped there would be a little more substance, I still found myself caught up in the charm of this farce.
Set in Lyon amid the world of chocolate making, this charmingly old-fashioned French romantic comedy is a truly mouth-watering confection.
The tone is unashamedly sentimental, and the performances are too often played for laughs, so the film ends up feeling rather thin and inconsequential
As sweet as chocolate that's spiced with bitterness of varying degrees, this whimsical charmer about two eccentrics weighed down by anxiety, is a delight
The script is witty, the chemistry just right, and the overall effect so sweet it's a little like eating too much chocolate.
Romantics Anonymous is about emotional-cripples who find love in one another's awkward embrace. They're cutesy. They're clumsy. They're also chocolatiers. Seriously, abandon hate, all ye who enter here.
A frothy confection about awkward love that may strike a chord with bashful would-be suitors.
Ridiculously charming and almost too sweet for its own good, this is an enjoyable French romcom (or Fromcom) with a witty script and delightful performances from Poelvoorde and Carre, though it's also a little on the slight side.
It is a pleasant little film, reminiscent in tone of the 1930s comedies of René Clair and Jean Renoir.
The French are starting to have a monopoly on whimsical romantic comedies and, with this piece of amiable fluff, it's business as usual.
In order for the script to crackle and the heart to move, you need to suspend more disbelief that proves possible here.
An original that recalls the whimsy and charm of previous Gallic hits Amélie and Chocolat.
It'll be too light and frothy for some tastes, but it's bound to leave you with a warm glow.
A sugar-coated change of tack from an underrated filmmaker. Won't win Améris many new fans, though.
Audience Reviews for Romantics Anonymous
A quirky love story between two people who are afraid of their emotions and taking a leap of faith. I like the metaphor the film posits. The actors are very convincing in their roles and quite charming. It felt a little too sweet and silly at times, but it is a very nice tale.More
Two chocolatiers, both of whom are paralyzed by emotional attachment, fall in love.
This film is positively delightful. It's true that I'm a sucker for stories about awkward people falling in love, but I think the film is universal. Even the broadly comic bits, like Angelique encouraging herself as she walks to the door of the chocolate shop and continues encouraging herself as she about-faces or the musical number, are well-executed. Benoit Poelvoorde and Isabell Carre are funny and effective, and the plot unfolds smoothly -- at less than an hour and a half, there's no wasted time here.
As with any romantic comedy, this film had more than its fair share of "must-happens," obvious to only the most discerning viewer.
Overall, I had fun watching this film.
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