What a great romantic comedy!

A few days ago, I saw a terrible romantic comedy titled Barefoot, and the review can be found here. Most of the problem with it was the atrocious writing and I ended my article suggesting you try another film–ANY other film.  Well, I just saw a wonderful romantic comedy–one that I heartily endorse and hope you see with someone you love.  This is THE film to see instead.  Sadly, however, because it’s a French language film, many folks won’t even consider it.

The film is about two amazingly shy people–so shy that she faints when she is nervous and he tends to run away when he gets a case of the nerves!  How the two finally get together is what makes this an ultra-charming and delightful film.

Romantics Anonymous
Directed by
Jean-Pierre Améris
Cast
Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta
Release Date
2012
Martin’s Grade: A

It begins with Angélique (Isabelle Carré) going on job interview to become a chocolatier.  What she doesn’t know is that the man interviewing her, Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), is also incredibly shy.  She’s so shy that she doesn’t even tell him that she wants to make chocolates and he’s so shy that he doesn’t even tell her she’s been hired!  Eventually, she somehow figures out she’s been hired but reluctantly goes out to sell his sub-par chocolates because he thinks she wants to be a salesperson.  But chocolate shops don’t want his candies and unless something happens, she realizes that the company is bound to go bankrupt.


What you then learn is that she is a world-class chocolatier–but is so shy that she cannot bring herself to tell anyone that she is the ‘mysterious hermit’ who has previously gained nationwide fame for the chocolates.  How can she manage to help Jean-René without revealing who she really is?  And, more importantly, how can the pair ever get together romantically considering they are absolutely hopeless with the opposite sex?

So why did I like this film so much?  Well, the characters are so cute and adorable you can’t help but care about them and love them.  This means that the actors, director (Jean-Pierre Améris) and writer (Jean-Pierre Améris also co-wrote the film) did a fabulous job in this film.    Additionally, the film is so totally unique and so amazingly clever that you cannot help but enjoy.  Try this film–I pretty much guarantee that if you watch it you will enjoy it.  And, if you have Netflix, it’s now available.  Or, since it’s such a great film, you might just want to buy it from Amazon for less than $14–a real bargain!

Review by Lead Entertainment Writer & Film Critic, Martin Hafer