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Avenue Montaigne

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The charming Cecile de France sizzles as a waitress with a dream in the French romantic comedy AVENUE MONTAIGNE. Directed by Danile Thompson (JET LAG) and written by Thompson and her son, Christopher (who also plays a major role in the film), AVENUE MONTAIGNE takes place on the fashionable Paris street from which the film takes its name. People from a theater, an auction house, and a concert hall gather in and around a central bistro where Jessica (de France) has wiggled her way into a temporary job, having just moved to the big city. At the auction house, Jacques Grumberg (Claude Brasseur) is selling off his lifelong art collection and trying to reconnect with his son, Frdric (Christopher Thompson). At the concert hall, classical pianist Jean-Franois Lefort (Albert Dupontel) is tired of being on the road and wants to settle down into a more easygoing lifestyle, much to the consternation of his manager/wife, Valentine (Laura Morante). Meanwhile, at the theater, soap opera star Catherine Versen (Valrie Lemercier) is trying desperately to impress director Brian Sobinski (Sydney Pollack) in order to play Simone de Beauvoir in his next film. And in the middle of it all is wide-eyed Jessica, who has an innocent love of life that captures the heart of just about everyone she comes into contact with. Reminiscent of such fine French films as LOOK AT ME and VA SAVOIR, AVENUE MONTAIGNE features unique, interesting characters, excellent acting, and a lot of fun and fascinating talk about art, music, theater, food, and other cultural delights.
    • Rating - for some strong language and brief sexuality
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TF55175

  • Credits
    Cecile de France, Valerie Lemercier, Albert Dupontel
  • Critic Reviews
    "In AVENUE MONTAIGNE, the optimists are easy to love. And the pessimists as well."
    Film Comment

    "The screenplay skillfully combines humorous complications with emotional discoveries, and Thompson gives an effervescent charm to her intersecting characters..."
    Box Office

    "[A] humble pleasure...[With a] good-natured vibe....Because this is finally a film about desire, it carries a bittersweet tang."
    New York Times

    "[T]he performances are winning, particularly Valerie Lemercier's soap star and Brasseur's art collector." -- Grade: B
    Entertainment Weekly

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