Romantics Anonymous (2010)

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Released 12-Sep-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Interviews-Cast
Music Video
Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 74:43
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jean-Pierre Améris
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Benoît Poelvoorde
Isabelle Carré
Lorella Cravotta
Lise Lamétrie
Swann Arlaud
Pierre Niney
Stéphan Wojtowicz
Jacques Boudet
Alice Pol
Céline Duhamel
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Pierre Adenot


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     I have been reviewing quite a lot of French films recently, mostly released locally by Madman Entertainment. There is something about French cinema that sets it apart from American or English cinema and this is another example of a film which would not been made with such sweetness, whimsy or with realistic actors in the leads if it were made in the US. Romantic Anonymous or Les Emotifs Anonymes is a 2010 production written and directed by Jean-Pierre Ameris which is a lovely light confection (sorry about the pun) that is a joy to watch.

     The simple story involves two emotionally challenged people who find it hard to operate in society because of their emotions, feeling fear at human interaction. The story starts with Angelique (Isabelle Carre) who is a talented chocolatier but has found it too hard to be the centre of attention and has produced her chocolates anonymously for many years. She regularly attends a self-help group for emotional people. She decides to try to find a job and applies to a struggling chocolate producer, owned by the equally emotionally challenged Jean-Rene (Benoit Poelvoorde), who sees his psychiatrist most days. He immediately hires her because it is too hard for him to talk to anyone else. She thinks she has been hired as a chocolatier but Jean-Rene thinks he has hired a sales rep. The story follows them as they attempt to get to know each other, save the business and get over their emotional problems.

     This is a great little film, which is very enjoyable to watch, quite amusing, whimsical and just a lot of fun. The acting is excellent from the two leads, helped by the fact that they are real people, not really young and incredibly beautiful, like they would be if this film was made in the US. Isabelle Carre was nominated for a Cesar for her performance, which is very justifiable. The cinematography is lovely and the music including a French version of a song from Sound of Music and other French pop tunes is also a significant contributor to the vibe. Big Jet Plane by Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone also features. If the idea of a whimsical French romantic comedy appeals, this is definitely one to see.

     Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good but is not at the correct aspect ratio.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is not the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture is reasonably clear and sharp without being the best of DVD. Shadow detail is good.

     The colour is very good, showing off the bright colours of the sets and costumes. There is some light colour bleeding at times.

     There is a some mild grain at times and some motion blur.

     There are subtitles in English which are clear and easy to read. They are a removable stream and a bit different to the spoken French.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains a French soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1. The sound is quite front focused.

     Dialogue seemed easy to understand and clear throughout.

     The music as mentioned above is fun and jaunty including a variety of songs as well as some score.

     The surround speakers were used for mild atmosphere and the subwoofer supported the music mostly.

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Extras

     A decent selection of extras.

Menu

     The menu featured some jaunty French pop/jazz.

Making Of (52:07)

     More of a behind the scenes feature rather than a making of. This rather long feature shows behind the scenes footage of many scenes in the film, along with on set interviews with cast & crew (in French w/ subtitles). There is also discussion of preparation including learning how to make the chocolates for real.

Interview with Benoit Poelvoorde & Isabella Carre (7:15)

     An interview dominated by Benoit who seems to never shut up. They discuss the film, their characters, working together and the director. Worth watching.

Music Video - Big Jet Plane (3:43)

     Music Video of the song by Aussie duo, Angus & Julia Stone, features scenes from the film.

Theatrical Trailer (1:50)

     French Trailer.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This film is available on Region 1 DVD and includes an interview with the director, not included here, and the correct aspect ratio. However, none of the extras featured here are included there. Correct aspect ratio makes the US version a better choice.

Summary

    A sweet and whimsical French romantic comedy.

    The video quality is good but in the wrong aspect ratio.

    The audio quality is very good.

    A decent selection of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Review Equipment
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DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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