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ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS

Director: JEAN-PIERRE AMÉRIS

80 minutes| France-Belgium| 2010| Subtitled| Colour| D-Cinema


Following the misadventures of two social maladroits eventually finding their way to each other, this charming slice of Gallic romanticism is the perfect film to leave audiences with a warm glow on a winter’s night. Pathologically shy Angélique (Isabelle Carré) belongs to a support group for those similarly afflicted. When the group discovers her talent for making chocolate, she is encouraged to turn her abilities into a career with a local firm. Interviewed by company head Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), who uses his fierce reputation to mask his own awkwardness, Angélique is employed not as a chocolatier, but as a vendor to local merchants.

Unexpectedly taken with his new employee, Jean-René is advised by his therapist to ask her to dinner, setting the scene for comic misunderstandings, visual gags, and even musical numbers as the pair slowly but surely realise their feelings. Winning performances from the two leads help make for an eccentric and touching love story. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

IFI IRISH SHORTS
This screening will include the IFB-funded short film Treeclimber, directed by Michael Kinirons. 4 minutes, 2007, Colour.

IFI TEEN
The 16.40 screening on December 28th will be this month’s IFI Teen presentation. Tickets €5 for those aged 15-18. Contact Dee Quinlan for further information.

 

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