Romantics Anonymous

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Jean-Pierre Améris’s featherlight provincial comedy is a triumph of no-frills storytelling and sweet characterisations. Benoît Poelvoorde is spot-on as fraught and frigid Jean-René, proprietor of a chocolate factory hitting tough times. He hires Isabelle Carré’s mousy Angélique, a budding chocolatier tasked with pushing their product to new outlets. But she, too, is lacking in the love department. The film’s gentle plea for a return to old-fashioned romantic ideals chimes well with the its old-school style, which offers nods to such classics as Ernst Lubitsch’s ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ and the entire Hepburn-Tracy cycle. There’s even a Jacques Demy moment when Angélique bursts into song. It’ll be too light and frothy for some tastes, but it’s bound to leave you with a warm glow.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday December 2 2011
Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris
Screenwriter: Jean-Pierre Améris, Philippe Blasband
Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde
Isabelle Carré
Lorella Cravotta
Lise Lamétrie

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rob

definitely a pleasant way to spend an evening. it's a light romcom and it does what it says on the packet.