Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

Director: Richard Linklater

Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

before-midnight-video-articleLarge-v3Before Midnight is the third part of a magnificent cinema-story that started almost 20 years ago, in 1994. Director Richard Linklater, known for his films taking place within a single day, continues the story of Jesse and Celine, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy. Jessy and Celine, both in their early twenties back then, met on the train to Vienna in 1994. They hit it off immediately and decided to get off the train in Vienna where they wander around and spent a romantic night together. The following morning their ways part, without exchanging phone numbers or addresses, but with the promise to meet each other again 6 months later. That’s where Before Sunrise, the first part of this trilogy, ends. Leaving us guessing about if they really met up again or not.

Nine years later, the answer to this question was finally given in Before Sunset (2003). Jesse returns to Europe to promote his first novel, a modest bestseller, based on a romantic night he once spent with a young parisienne in Vienna… On his book-tour Jesse also makes a stop in a small bookstore in Paris.  Where, of course, Celine shows up and they once again spend a few hours together before Jesse has to catch another plane home. Before Sunset ends on an ambiguous note with Jesse ending up in Celine’s apartment, postponing his ride back to the airport over and over again. Will he get back back to his unhappy family life in The States or will he choose to miss his plane this time?

We were made to wait another 9 years to know what happened. In Before Midnight (2013), Jesse and Celine are in their early forties and are finally living together. Better yet, they have 7 year old twin girls together.The romance and magic of meeting, missing and wondering about one another have been replaced by the every day life of any family and their struggles. Nevertheless, this 3rd part is my favorite.

Basically, all three movies consist of nothing else than these two talking. Talking about small things, big life events,…anything really, without ever getting boring. These movies aren’t part of some cheap romance franchise. To be honest, i could easily listen to these two talking for hours and hours. The conversations are natural, real and recognizable on every level.

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Director: Woody Allen

Actors: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Carla Bruni, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates

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It took me a very long time to take an interest in the work of Woody Allen. I’ve been into movies for as long as I can remember, but somehow, for some reason, I never picked up on him. I did see “Match Point” once, on television and merely by accident. I liked it, but I didn’t even know I was looking at a Woody Allen-movie at the time. All that changed recently, because of this movie: “Midnight In Paris”. What a refreshing surprise that movie is. As a complete Allen-rookie, I didn’t know what to expect. But still, it is funny,witty, slides into unexpected turns and most of all, its scenario is one of the up-most original.

Gil (Owen Wilson) is a successful screenwriter but is struggling to finish his first novel. When he joins his fiancée and her parents on a trip to Paris, the city re-sparks his desire to be a serious writer.  He idolizes the bohemian Paris of the 1920’s. And one evening, when strolling around the alleys of Paris by himself, the unimaginable happens…

No need to say that my curiosity for Allen’s other work was tickled after this. Soon after this film I watched ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and just a few days ago I saw “To Rome With Love”. I loved them both. And although I still have tons of Woody Allen-homework to do, I do consider myself a fan now.

Actors: François CluzetOmar Sy

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

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‘Intouchables’ tells the story about the friendship between two men, (Driss and Philippe) who come from completely opposite sides of society. Philippe is a rich aristocrat. He lives in a luxurious Parisian mansion and became quadriplegic after a para-gliding accident. He is looking to hire a new care-taker. Driss is a young, Senegalese offender, regularly in touch with the law, who lives in the rough outskirts of Paris. Driss, completely uninterested but forced by social services, turns up for the job interview at Philippe’s mansion. To his own surprise he is hired.

Philippe seems amused by Driss’ straight-forwardness. He does not treat him as a helpless quadriplegic and pulls practical jokes with Philippe’s handicap. The collision of their opposite worlds and behavior, and Driss’ complete inexperience when it comes to the care-taking part of his job, leads to some hilarious scenes.  The build-up of their friendship in the story is heartwarming and becomes  deeper when both men need to deal with the problems of their owns worlds. Philippe is unable to have any real relationships since the death of his wive and his accident. Driss, though he now lives in Philippe’s mansion in uptown Paris, can not escape the reality of his origin and has to deal with his family-issues.

‘Intouchables’ is based on a true story, which makes it stand out even more  in its kind. It is probably the funniest french movie I ever saw but nevertheless very moving at times.