Paris Follies (2014)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  La Ritournelle

Alternate title:  Luces de Paris

France, 2014.  Avenue B Productions, Vito Films, SND Films, France 2 Cinéma, Région Ile-de-France, Région Haute-Normandie, Orange Cinéma Séries, France Télévisions, Ciné+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Indéfilms, Indéfilms 2, Soficinéma 7 Développement, Angoa, Fonds d’aide Région Haute-Normandie, Les Films de la Suane, Procirep, Pôle Image Haute-Normandie.  Screenplay by Marc Fitoussi, collaboration with .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Isabelle Huppert is delightful in this romantic comedy about love lost and found again.  She and husband  own a dairy farm whose daily routine has overtaken his attention and leaves little time for focusing on the missus.  She likes the rural life but misses being happily married, which might be the reason for a strange rash on her chest that she no longer bothers getting medical attention for.  When a neighbour’s party brings a handsome young man () her way and he melts her with his smile, she invents a doctor’s appointment in Paris and uses it to follow the youngster back to the city, entertaining the thought of a rejuvenating affair.  The result is not what she expects, but it is thoroughly enjoyable to watch as Huppert’s deft skill with the character’s instinctive joy for the unexpected is combined with Marc Fitoussi’s delicate direction and beautiful photography.  Thoroughly charming.

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