Romantics Anonymous

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Romantics Anonymous
Les emotifs anonymes poster.jpg
Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris
Produced by Nathalie Gastaldo
Philippe Godeau
Written by Jean-Pierre Améris
Philippe Blasband
Cinematography Gérard Simon
Edited by Philippe Bourgueil
Release dates
  • 22 December 2010 (2010-12-22) (Belgium and France)
Running time
80 min
Country France
Language French
Box office $11,500,000

Romantics Anonymous (French: Les émotifs anonymes) is a 2010 French film directed by Jean-Pierre Améris and starring Benoît Poelvoorde and Isabelle Carré. The film won the Magritte Award for Best Foreign Coproduction at the 2nd Magritte Awards on February 4, 2011.[1]


Angélique is a young french woman who suffers from social anxiety disorder and is afraid of just about everything She regularly attends a support group for other people like her. Jean-René, who owns a small manufacturer of chocolate called the Chocolate Mill, also suffers from social anxiety, and is afraid of many things, particularly intimacy. The Chocolate Mill he owns is failing because it makes an old-fashioned kind of chocolate that no longer sells well.

Earlier, (years prior) Angélique had become a first-class chocolate maker for another chocolate factory, Mercier. However, she was unable to tolerate the recognition due to anxiety, and the factory owner had agreed to keep her identity secret. When the owner of Mercier unfortunately passed away, Angélique stopped making chocolate because she would no longer be able to remain anonymous.

In an attempt to overcome her fears, Angélique applies for a job at Jean-René's Chocolate Mill, and He hires her as a sales rep, not what she had in mind. When she realizes the company will go bankrupt if they do not improve the quality of the chocolate, she helps the other employees make chocolate, claiming she has an electronic link with the anonymous chocolate maker formerly with Mercier.

At the same time, Angelique and Jean-René fall in love, but have substantial difficulties expressing their feelings and developing their relationship because of their fears and anxieties.

Eventually, the other Chocolate Mill employees grow suspicious about Angélique's "connection" with the famous secret chocolate maker. Ultimately, Angélique is revealed as the former Mercier chocolate maker, the Chocolate Mill becomes successful, and the couple consummate their relationship, all with a little help from the other Chocolate Mill employees and the support group. The couple find an alternative way of coping with the stresses of the wedding and remaining together forever after.



The film has been positively received by critics and holds a rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

Romantics Anonymous is a real-life help group that helps people with sometimes debilitating shyness. Jean-Pierre Améris, a highly emotional person himself, who attended real EA (Emotions Anonymous) meetings, and Isabelle Carré had talked about making a movie about their shared shyness. As preparation for the movie, Isabelle Carré also attended EA meetings.[3]


  1. ^ Engelen, Aurore (February 6, 2012). "Bouli Lanners awarded in Brussels". Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Romantics Anonymous (2011) Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 18 April 2012
  3. ^ Video on YouTube Retrieved on 4 November 2012

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