Saturday, April 28, 2018

Lost in Paris (on DVD)

by Abel & Gordon [DVD Lost]

This is a modern gem of gentle(-ish) humor, using a formula of 1 awkward Canadian spinster + 1 rakish French bum = 2 quirky people in love. Add on a mesmerizing tango for extra credit. Blissfully comedic and connubic filmmakers Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel have created a vaguely autobiographical adventure through the streets (and a crematorium!) of Paris, in which their characters do a dance of happenstance romance. The pivot point for this unlikely pairing is Fiona’s search for her “missing” aunt, Martha/Marthe, played by famed French actress Emmanuelle Riva in her final film role. What a goof-ily sweet treat of a movie! [Hey, US movie makers, this is what La La Land should have been more like.] Be sure to watch the special features to get a better idea of Abel & Gordon’s burlesque (no, not the definition you think you know…) techniques and 30-year career if you are not familiar with them.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, The Navigator and Spite Marriage with Buster Keaton or Girl Shy and Safety Last with Harold Lloyd.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for Lost in Paris ] | [ official Lost in Paris web site ]

Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library

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