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Directed by Sophie Lellouche.
Local Pharmacist Alice (Alice Taglioni) is struggling to find someone who can live up to the image of her ideal man: Woody Allen. Surrounded by relationship dramas and obsessed with the films of Woody Allen, can new love interest Victor (Patrick Bruel), convince Alice to be courageous and fall in love?
Paris-Manhattan, the directorial feature debut from Sophie Lellouche, is the French writer-director's love letter to the films of Woody Allen. It is a debut defined by challenges, of a willingness to step into the shadow of a great American auteur, whilst confronting the prospect of the marathon that is a feature film with only the 1999 short film Dieu, que la nature est bien faite! to her name.
Lellouche’s willingness to step into the shadow of Woody Allen is both successful and problematic. »
Written and directed by Sophie Lellouche
Concerning a Woody Allen obsessive, Paris-Manhattan borrows a central conceit from one of the man’s most beloved writing and acting efforts, albeit not one he directed himself. Instead of the apparition of Humphrey Bogart appearing to deliver advice like in Play It Again, Sam, Allen himself, in the form of a life-size poster and extracts from his films, is the maxim-dispenser of Sophie Lellouche’s debut feature.
In the film’s opening, protagonist Alice (Alice Taglioni) explains in voice-over that she and Woody Allen formed a connection when she first saw one of his films (Hannah and Her Sisters) at age fifteen, and that, in reference to Allen’s prolific work-rate, the two have maintained an annual “relationship” ever since. In the narrative’s present, Alice is single and working at her father’s pharmacy. Having found all answers to her »
- Josh Slater-Williams
London – James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer won the Golden Hitchcock Award as this year's Dinard British Film Festival came to a close. A star-studded jury including Celia Imrie, Stephen Dillane and jury president Patrick Bruel under the watchful eye of this year's 'hommage' recipient, Brit acting legend Tom Courtenay, plumped for Marsh's film starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough. The Golden Hitchcock nod comprises of financial help to the French distributor and the filmmaker and also The Cine+ Award, which offers a promotional campaign on France's Ciné+ channels at the time of release. Shadow Dancer also won the Prix Public chosen
- Stuart Kemp
3 items from 2012
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