Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Paris-Manhattan" is a rather slight French comedy with a cameo and epigram from Woody Allen

Paris-Manhattan” (Sophie Lellouche) is a rather minimalist romantic French comedy about star-worship.

Alice (played by Alice Taglioni) works in her dad’s Paris shop as a pharmacist, and she eventually inherits the business,  Her older sister has stolen a romantic love Pierre (Louis Lo de Linquesaing). Dad insists on finding her a different potential husband. She cavorts with an attractive Vincent (Yannick Soulier) and alarm salesman Victor (Patrick Bruel), a security alarm technician whom she doesn’t find attractive (itself a paradox because older men are desirable in this kind of comedy) but who introduces her to her idol, Woody Allen himself in a climactic encounter.

There are some platitudes, like Allen’s saying about sex and work, the “desire for order” instead of desire for death, and Allen’s Talmudism.  There’s an alarming pharmacy holdup scene that could go very wrong. 

The film refers to earlier classics, like Woody’s own “Manhattan”, and MGM’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask” with Gene Wilder.
The official site is here , from Palace Films.  The movi is relatively brief at 77 minutes. 
I watched this film from a Vimeo screener from Strand Releasing. The DVD appears on Sept. 23, 2014.

Wikipedia attribution link for Paris train picture. 

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