ROMANTIC ANONYMOUS (N/A)
Release Date: FFF 2012
Running Time: 80 minutes
Director: Jean-Pierre Améris
Screenplay: Jean-Pierre Améris, Philippe Blasband
Starring: Benoit Poelvoorde, Isabella Carre, Lorella Cravotta, Lisa Lametrie, Swann Arlaud
Plot: 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. REVIEWS AFTER THE JUMP
Review: From the visionary takes from the French director Jean-Pierre Ameris, comes a well-balanced that muses the sweet-and-bitter taste in a strange romantic comedy. It may not be the biggest or the best French imports but it is a worthy one to indulge with. As a fresh French film viewer, I think this movie serves as a great introductory film before we set our foot into a bigger French cinematic experience. For what it is long understood, the movie keeps intact the long tradition of French signatures in stylish crafting a lovable romantic humor film into the exquisite setting so foreign for us.
Foremost, it has the upmost brilliant and sugarly-coated scripts that allow the characters to indulge in both human relationships and the fondue of food in a soothingly balanced manner. Sweet conversations are cleverly manoeuvred with appropriate dosage of laughter as it evolves not only into a sweet flirtation but also into confusion arrays of panic attack, occasionally. Then, the script by the duo of Amaris and Belgian writer Phillippe Blasband also gives the story a more propelling dynamic as we can see from the characters. Both of the lead has experiences on hand as this is not their first on-screen together. Their musing chemistry proved to be valuable as they help in sorting a whole diversity of moods that touch the human heart and nature of every aspect.
While there are glamorous takes on the script and actor performances, unfortunately, the movie suffers a delirious direction of its own. The pacing is the main problem. The story has some difficulty in deciding the pace it needs to fuel some part of the story. While there is an equal taste just like the dark chocolate, it lacks the creativity as things turns out to be repetitive. In other smirk observation, it turns out that this charmer is simply another standard romantic comedy despite its brilliant script. Nevertheless, formulaic plot still works when it is meant to.
For that particular reason, “Romantic Anonymous” is a well-dialogue, well-acted and balanced romantic comedy that has everything it needs to succeed but only to be dampen by its own awkward pacing and repetitive minor clichés.
You can catch "Romantics Anonymous" exclusively during the on-going French Film Festival 2012