What happens when the person you love, loves you back but is just too shy and awkward to do anything about it?
The answer should be: not a lot, but in the case of this laugh a minute French indie, anything and everything from a series of cringe worthy moments and tear-jerking setbacks, happen to unite two hopeless individuals in their quest to break their loneliness cycle.
Meet the fair-haired, mild-mannered and very anxious Angélique Delange. Pretty as a picture and very manic pixie – French girl – if such a title were to exist it would include Amélie, every character Clémence Poésy has played and somewhere along the trail. Her ‘quirk’ in this feature happens to be that she is afraid… of almost everything; she attends a support group, though it’s hardly anonymous seeing as she’s divulging much of her history and identity to a room of jittery strangers. One of her redeemable qualities being that she’s an incredible chocolatier, so much so she spent much of her career working as an award-winning chocolatier … on the basis that her identity would never be revealed.
In alleviating her anxieties to the group she takes her first steps towards being more assertive and positively receptive towards attention. Across the way in a small independent chocolate factory, the thought of displaying any semblance of intimacy sends The Chocolate Mill factory owner Jean-René’s sweat glands into overdrive. This is the least of his worries however after it is revealed his factory is in danger of closure if they don’t sell their boring treats soon. So he advertises for a new sales advisor and as fate would have it, it’s the perfect opportunity for Miss Delange to get herself back in the chocolate making game. No sooner does she step into the factory that everything clicks into place… including their love for each other, but with neither able to articulate their thoughts and feelings without hitting the panic button, it’s clear that something’s got to give or else all is doomed to fail.