Laine Magi & Jeanne Moreau in "A Lady in Paris"
This was our last film for this year's festival and it was little jewel of a film.
Although technically not French, as the director Ilmar Raag is Estonian, it is filmed primarily in Paris, and beautifully at that!
Being filmed in winter add a airie dimension to the amazing photography by Laurent Brunet famous for working on the films of Raphael Nadjari and winning a Cesar for Seraphine by Martin Provost.
I particularly like the little idiosyncrasies of the mistakes people make arriving in Paris and not knowing where to buy proper croissants for instance...But I think the value of the film is the actors play and in equal measure the credits go to Jeannne Moreau and Laine Magi for a delicate and credible portrait of their character. It is also a homage to old age, charm and wit, rather than beauty - Sophie Marceau comes to mind here...
It is a tribute to French actors who do not mind working in their 80s: Michel Bouquet in Renoir, Jean d"Ormesson in Haute Cuisine and Jeanne Moreau here, and still capable of pulling all the tricks of the trade!
A aller voir d'urgence!
PS: As you have been loyal readers, I will add within the next few days a review of Renoir that I saw in Paris in January and The Intouchables, just released on DVD and Blu-Ray, and that I had a chance to buy and watch earlier this week.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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