Jean-Pierre Améris, co-writer and director of Les Emotifs Anonymes
May 4, 2011, 11:41 pm
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Often, in times of great stress, I find myself overcome with the desire to sloth out and indulge in a romantic comedy or two.  This usually means flipping through about 1,000 channels until I find a station halfway through When Harry Met Sally or, my personal favorite, You’ve Got Mail.  The night I was set to see the pre-Tribeca Film Festival screening of Les Emotifs Anonymes, or Romantics Anonymous, was an absolutely dreadful evening.  Some greater force seemed determined to join the East and Hudson Rivers, and I swam/trudged all the way downtown, at which point I made the mistake of committing to an overpriced smoothie and had to stand in the rain until allowed in for the screening (#bourgeoisieproblems).  Oh how I longed for the comfort of the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks tango. But as the theater lights dimmed and Jean-Pierre Améris‘ polite vision of a romantic comedy played out before me, all stress melted away.  Les Emotifs Anonymes did something different, better for me than How To Lose a Guy In Ten Days, or most other romcom’s for that matter.

Les Emotifs Anonymes provides a mature, yet playful look into the life of two emotionally confused/burdened/stressed Parisians who are each put through the wringer of the other’s emotional instability.  The film stars Isabelle Carré and Benoît Poelvoorde who my co-host Sedera likened to a French Amy Adams and Owen Wilson (respectively).  The film takes place in a Paris seemingly untouched by globalization.  In this way, it is almost fairytale-like.  I left the theater feeling many things, but stressed was not one of them.  In fact, each raindrop falling from the sky presented itself like a tiny shooting star.  Not really, but you know what I’m getting at.

Jean-Pierre is just as delightful and uplifting as his film.  Tune in to hear about the making of Les Emotifs Anonymes, what persuaded him to make a film featuring overly-emotional characters, and why he chose chocolate as a central object.


Zoe Rosenberg