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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 December 2011
Titled "Romantics Anonymous" in English, this short film introduces us to Jean-René, the chronically shy owner of a failing chocolate factory who pays regular visits to a shrink in an attempt to overcome his inability to relate to others. He hires Angélique, a hypersensitive young woman, as a totally unsuitable sales rep, not realising that she possesses a rare talent for making irresistible chocolates which can save his business. Unable to cope with personal recognition and being the centre of attention, she has managed to pass herself off as a mere go-between ferrying what have become widely celebrated chocolates made by an imaginary elusive "hermit" to a confectioner who is "in" on her secret but whose death has forced her to seek another job.

In this short, lightweight comedy, much of the humour revolves around Jean-René trying to fulfil basic tasks to develop his social skills: steeling himself to touch people, or to take Angelique out for a meal. We realise why he brings a suitcase to the restaurant and hides it in the gents: he needs to rush off every few minutes to change his shirt, as he is "burning up" over the stress of the meeting.

Similarly, we see Angélique taking her problems to a support group full of ironical situations, such as when the girl who "can't say no" proudly tells the others that she has managed to resist a man's advances, only for it to become sadly apparent that she has destroyed what sounds like a genuine relationship which she should have encouraged.

The incidents are too exaggerated for anyone to take offence over laughing at what is in fact a real problem for many people. Overall, the film is quite well-made, and it is all "wonderfully French" apart from the jarring, glaringly inappropriate English pop music inserted to cover some scenes.

Can Jean-René overcome his gaucheness sufficiently to stop driving Angélique away because she thinks she has "done something wrong"? Can two such emotional people find happiness together? The outcome is not really in doubt. If it all sounds too trivial, you can at least take the opportunity to practise your French comprehension.
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Anyone who denies watching sub-titled foreign movies are missing so much good cinema. I really cannot imagine this story being "americanised" and still being so touching and rewarding. This has to be a french film. In my view the French make the best romances and the Spanish the best horror.

This is a story of two people who lack confidence, but not passion and love. Thats love of chocolate and a passion for the milky cocoa substance which goes beyond any other passion they have. Its a French rom-com though that degrades the film somewhat. Its funny and it is a comedy but it is much more entertaining then that.

The film draws you in and in no time you overlook the fact that you are reading sub-titles. In my eyes thats my idea of a good foreign movie. It is slow-paced, as I reckon any romantic film should be, but it flows and ends with that good feeling you get after a pleasant chocolate desert.

please watch it, be drawn in and buy some of the finest chocolate after. You will not be disappointed.
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on 6 March 2013
Not quite the film I was expecting but it had some interesting moments. Not sure how many time I would want to watch it. So perhaps one to rent rather than buy.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 January 2013
Quite cute romantic comedy that manages to overcome being predicable in the broad sense with lovely performances, and a quirky
sensibility that allows for smaller surprises within the established rom-com format.

Benoit Poelvorode (in a 180 degree turn from his famous, chilling performance in "Man Bites Dog") and Isabelle Carre are both, in
different ways, suffering from terrible shyness and fear of emotions and attention. Yet, when she comes to work at his chocolate
company personality and fate keep conspiring to force them together, in spite of their fears.

This has a few laugh out loud moments, and lots of smile inducing ones. In the end, it doesn't add up to more than what it is; a
blissfully compact (78 minutes) good hearted romantic comedy done with expertise, but in a world full of painful and dead
rom-coms, this is s very nice surprise.
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on 27 October 2014
I could not watch this film as it was a french version only with NO subtitles. Very dissapointed.
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on 21 December 2013
I love this film, I can really identify with Angelique and her shyness and little quirks like singing to herself and jumping in the streets. You can really feel with the characters and it's hard not to laugh at the funny situations.

I highly recommend it!
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on 16 August 2013
Great film, arrived quickly. Ideal film for anyone who knows what it is like to feel shy or anxious with others, gentle humorous moments and inspiring theme. One of my friends who watched it with me is now working in the industry as a result - spooky :)
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on 15 December 2013
Taking place against the background of a small chocolate making company the painfully shy boss and his new sales recruit Angelique get together following a set of mishaps caused by each other's neuroticism. An amusing and heartwarming tale. excellent
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on 18 May 2014
There is nothing to dislike in this film. It is a gentle love story between two unlikely characters. Having to read the subtitles does not
spoil the story.

If you have a romantic heart buy this film.
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on 29 March 2012
A beautifully made export from the land that does romance better than anyone. Heartfelt and funny - cute but never twee, it deserves a huge following. Benoit Poelvoorde is terrific. Like a lot of the other reviewers I saw this with my girlfriend on Valentines Day. We are now engaged - and I like to think that that Valentines date and this wonderful film went a large way to making that happen. So thankyou Romantics Anonymous, not only for my future wife, but also for a very enjoyable 90 minutes.
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