Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
Original title: Au Plus Pres Du Paradis
France/Spain/Canada, 2002. Pyramide Productions, Maïa Films, Tabo Tabo Films, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Cinémaginaire Inc., Eurimages, Film Paradis Inc., France 2 Cinéma, Gimages 5, Gimages Développement, Havas Images, Lolafilms, Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit, Radio Canada Télévision, SODEC, Super Écran, The Movie Network, Téléfilm Canada. Idea by Tonie Marshall, Scenario and dialogue by Tonie Marshall, Anne-Louise Trividic. Cinematography by Agnes Godard. Produced by Olivier Bomsel, Gilles Sandoz, Fabienne Vonier. Music by Francois Dompierre, David Hadjadj, Jerome Rebotier. Production Design by Anne-Charlotte Vimont. Costume Design by Friquette Thevenet. Film Editing by Jacques Comets.
Watching Catherine Deneuve loll around her apartment for two hours really is entertainment in itself, but a boring movie is a boring movie and even her fantastic acting and mythical beauty cannot do much for this listless romance. She plays a middle-aged art writer who is still waiting for a great lover from her past to come back into her life again. Inspired by her favourite movie An Affair To Remember, she takes a chance and flies from Paris to New York City to meet up with him on the chance that he might be there. She’s also there to work on her latest book project, which hooks her up with a photographer (William Hurt) who is instantly attracted to her. Well-written characters help with this art-house version of Sleepless In Seattle, but it doesn’t really get interesting until the last forty minutes when Hurt enters the picture and gives Deneuve someone to act with. However, if you’re a fan of hers, go for it anyway; she’s really worth it!
Venice Film Festival: In Competition