8:00 PM, 29th August, 2012
Angélique Delange (Carré) is a talented chocolatier with a secret past. Recently unemployed, she wins a job at a small, second-rate chocolate factory owned by the stern Jean-René Van Den Hugde (Poelvoorde). Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, the job she won is selling the factory's inferior goods door-to-door... and Angélique is petrified of interacting with strangers. Too embarrassed to correct the mistake, she takes on the role rather than face up to her eccentric new boss (who is secretly shy himself).
This sweet French rom-com about two chocolatiers in therapy is both light-hearted and endearing. Carré is fabulous as the adorably flustered Angélique, peddling her terrible-tasting wares to unreceptive shop owners, and Poelvoorde is suitably both gruff and appealing as the emotionally stunted Van Den Hugde; who falls for his new recruit, much to his consternation. Director Jean-Pierre Améris uses a light touch, treading on familiar but not overly worn ground, and brings out the humourous side of his characters' emotional difficulties. This charming film is very French (watch out for some unexpectedly risqué scenes), with just a hint of its cinematic predecessor Amélie. Witty, romantic and slightly bittersweet, it is a warm chocolate soufflé whose slightly heavier themes don't weigh down its light tone.