Friday, 2 July 2010

Fauteuils d’orchestre

a film by Danièle Thompson

I did not know about Mozart connection of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star until I watched Orchestra Seats. Nor did its charming heroine, Jessica (Cécile De France) until Jean-Francois Lefort (Albert Dupontel) told her.

If it has to be called a “romantic comedy”, so be it. You won’t be exactly roaring with laughter but it’s guaranteed to make you smile and feel good in the end. There is no violence or anything sinister whatsoever (now how on earth did they manage to do that?) We are never to hear the story of Jessica’s life before she came to Paris, not in any details anyway. Jessica may be too sweet and optimistic for everyone’s taste, but she is never over the top. Even the love scene between Jessica and Frédéric (Christopher Thompson) is brief and understated. The actors are all great. My favourite character is Claudie (Dani), the retiring concierge lip-synching to her favourite chansonniers, some of whom she claims to know intimately. And — did I mention it before? — it’s Paris! How is that for a cliché?

The film is dedicated to Suzanne Flon, who played Jessica’s grandma, her last cinema role.

Avenue Montaigne ( Fauteuils D'orchestre ) ( Orchestra Seats ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - France ]

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