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Paris Can Wait (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 92 minutes
OK for children.
For an 81 year old
writer/director/producer, Eleanor Coppola, this is an amazing
achievement. Even with fine performances by Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard
and a mercifully brief cameo by Alec Baldwin, the cinematography,
locations, and memorable recipes steal the show.
The film is the
somewhat autobiographical story of Coppola about an incident that
occurred when she was in her mid-70s. The stretch is that Coppola is a
long way from Diane Lane, who plays her in this film. Lane, at 52, is
more beautiful than most of the ingénues who populate Hollywood today
and will never be confused with a 73-year-old woman. But this is a movie
and it needs a woman a man will yearn for.
Anne (Lane) is married
to Michael (Baldwin), an actor who must travel from the French Riviera
to Budapest for a film. Anne isn’t feeling well and tells him she will
meet him in Paris. Jacques (Amaud Viard), a modern day Maurice
Chevalier, offers to drive her. Along the way he treats her to a
gorgeous tour of France, all the while subtly trying to seduce her. We
see terrific scenes of France, wonderful meals to which he introduces
her, incredible locales, superb acting, enticingly slow pace, and
delicious dialogue reminiscent of My Dinner with Andre (1981).
This is a delightful film for everybody.
Like a fine wine,
this ages well. I originally gave it a rating of 8/10, but the more I
think about it, the better I like it.