Avenue Montaigne (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Fauteuils D’Orchestre

Alternate title:  Orchestra Seats

France, 2006.  Thelma Films, StudioCanal, TF1 Films Production, Radis Films Productions, , CinéCinéma, Région Ile-de-France, Alizé Art Consulting, Nexus Factory.  Screenplay by Daniele Thompson, , dialogue by Daniele Thompson.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Breezily beautiful comedy, chock full of whimsy and wisdom as  shows up in Paris looking to find some work after parting from her beloved grandmother (the great in her final film role). The perky young lady gets a job at a cafe that is situated across the street from a row of theatres where three very complex individuals are at life’s crossroads: an actress (Valerie Lemercier) is in crisis about her future as a soap opera star and hoping that a famous director () will hire her for his Simone de Beauvoir biopic, a pianist is looking to leave behind the concert world and retire to the countryside with his manager/wife (, who is stunning) and an aging business tycoon is preparing to sell his entire art collection at an auction and ends up reconnecting with his son ( co-writer and the director’s son) because of it. The various strands of the story never get out of hand, instead jumbling up in a beautiful melange that wraps up with a delicious, whimsical bow at the end. Hopeless romantics will be in heaven.

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