First, I spontaneously rented Romantics Anonymous. A man running a failing chocolate factory hires a woman and both happen to suffer from severe social anxiety, so afraid of life, particularly close interaction with others. I found myself laughing out loud at their awkward moments. They fall in love while saving the business. Like I said in this recent Simple Pleasure Sunday post, I indulged in dessert before viewing this sweet movie, which is a recipe for a nice night!
Pan-Européenne via BuzzFeed
Fortunately, I don't suffer that extreme level of social anxiety, but I've always have been shy and I can relate to the characters a bit. If I'm truly awful at something, like singing karaoke, speaking in front of a large group, or dancing in any sort of coordinated way, I could potentially feel an urge to politely withdraw or even run away as well. Growing up, I remember often practicing what I was going to reply in my head before it was my turn to speak aloud in front of a group. I was terrified of making a mistake and standing out. And now, I live for travel, which is placing yourself in situations in which you don't know what will happen next! Unbelievable! Furthermore, I don't feel very mainstream and conformist anymore, planning to live in a small apartment as an expat in Italy one day and not wanting children. Although, I remain a shy and quiet individual. Even though I've "worked on it" and grown out of shyness in major ways, I still deem those traits as positive. I like being that way. Salesperson currently by trade, I have to be bubbly and outgoing rather than my natural shy, soft-spoken, quiet state. I do bring plenty of my own strengths to the table and as a result of both this act and my natural abilities, I am confident and successful in my work. However, it can be exhausting to be someone I'm kinda not for eight hours straight. A bit of quiet time is needed to recharge as an introvert. I don't need to give myself a pep talk, however, like the characters in the movie did. "I am a volcano." Yeah... I don't say that! Maybe I should...
Anyway! Since I enjoyed that French film so much, I chose another off the same list, I Do. That one was a little crazy though! ...but entertaining. This guy with a close, meddling, loud family are fed up with caring for him so they try to find him a wife. Instead of trying it their way or standing up to them, he devises a secret plan. He hires a woman to charm them but to stand him up at the altar. That way, depressed, no one will bother him anymore. That plan goes awry, so he devises a new plan. These parts are even more entertaining. As you can probably predict, the two fall in love in the process. There wasn't a rental option available, so I actually purchased it.
I was just looking at Romantics Anonymous on Amazon the following weekend, just to see how much it would be to buy, but noticed similar recommendations toward the bottom of the webpage. I recognized Audrey Tautou from Amelie, Coco Before Chanel and The Da Vinci Code on the art for one, so I rented Delicacy last Sunday night. I thought it was good. I adore this talented actress and really felt for her character. Audrey Tautou's character's husband dies so she throws herself into her career. One day, she simply walks up to a co-worker and kisses him, not thinking about it at all. This nice guy can't just let that go! Unfortunately, there are many obstacles in their courtship, but luckily it's no match for these two.
I enjoy foreign films. I like picking up on the language just a bit. Perhaps the common French phrases will come in handy during my trip to Paris. Plus, it's nice to see something out of the ordinary. Parts can be different from things Hollywood would produce at times, especially so many repeat outfits for the leading ladies!
Do you have any French film recommendations for me?