Time Out Adelaide

Two French neurotics fall in love. Whaddaya need, a road map?

Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Girl faints and boy jumps out the bathroom window. In Jean-Pierre Améris’s sweet-natured romantic comedy, an intensely phobic chocolatier (Poelvoorde) combats a litany of his biggest fears to court a cripplingly bashful baker (Carré). There’s zero doubt these Gallic neurotics will end up together, but writer-director Améris gives their pas de deux the novelty of manifest pathology. Anxieties seem inhabited rather than quirkily ornamental, with Carré flashing ambiguously stricken grins and Poelvoorde playing a slapstick hero whose every breath threatens panic. It’s no recipe for hilarity or pitter-pattering hearts, but like our hero’s sweets, this pleasant, delicate confection goes down easy enough.

By Eric Hynes   |  

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Length: 80 minutes

Country of origin: France/Belgium

Year of production: 2010

Classification: M - Mature audiences

Showing 19 Apr 2012-17 May 2012

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris

Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta