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Director:
Writers:
Danièle Thompson (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
15 February 2006 (France) See more »
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Plot:
A young woman arrives in Paris where she finds a job as a waitress in bar next on Avenue Montaigne that caters to the surrounding theaters and the wealthy inhabitants of the area. She will meet a pianist, a famous actress and a great art collector, and become acquainted with the "luxurious" world her grandmother has told her about since her childhood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Valérie Lemercier ... Catherine Versen

Cécile De France ... Jessica

Albert Dupontel ... Jean-François Lefort
Claude Brasseur ... Jacques Grumberg
Christopher Thompson ... Frédéric Grumberg
Dani ... Claudie

Laura Morante ... Valentine Lefort
Suzanne Flon ... Madame Roux

Sydney Pollack ... Brian Sobinsky
François Rollin ... Marcel

Guillaume Gallienne ... Pascal

Annelise Hesme ... Valérie
Françoise Lépine ... Magali Garrel
Michel Vuillermoz ... Félix
Daniel Benoin ... Daniel Bercoff
Christian Hecq ... Grégoire Bergonhe
Simon de Pury ... Le commissaire priseur
Julia Molkhou ... Margot
Kaori Tsuji ... La journaliste japonaise
Laurent Petitgirard ... Le chef d'orchestre
Ève Ruggieri ... Elle-même (as Eve Ruggieri)

Marc Rioufol ... Claude Mercier
Laurent Mouton ... Serge
Werner Köchler ... Werner (as Werner Küchler)
Michèle Brousse ... La dame-pipi
Susana Poveda ... La maquilleuse

Franck Amiach ... Le traducteur (as Franck Amiack)
Caroline Morin ... L'habilleuse
Thierry Métaireau ... Le régisseur

Sabrina Ouazani ... Rachida
Brigitte Defrance ... La dame groupie
Serge Bento ... Le monsieur groupie
Frantz Morel ... Le réceptionniste
Martine Erhel ... La mère de Catherine
Sigolène Vinion ... La vendeuse Ungaro (as Sigolène Vinson)
Yannick Dyvrande ... Le serveur bar Plazza
Mikis Cerleix ... Le chauffeur de taxi 2 (as Mikis Cerieix)
Ahcène Nini ... Le chauffeur de taxi 1
Antoine Nembrini ... L'ingénieur du son
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orchestre Colonne ... Orchestre
Daniel Delfosse ... Le laveur de carreaux (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ... Un machiniste de théâtre (uncredited)
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Directed by
Danièle Thompson 
 
Writing credits
Danièle Thompson (screenplay) and
Christopher Thompson (screenplay)

Danièle Thompson (dialogue)

Produced by
Christine Gozlan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nicola Piovani 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Marc Fabre 
 
Film Editing by
Sylvie Landra 
 
Casting by
Stéphane Foenkinos 
 
Production Design by
Michèle Abbé-Vannier  (as Michèle Abbe)
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
 
Makeup Department
Stéphane Desmarez .... hair stylist
Judith Gayo .... key makeup artist
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
Caroline Philiponnat .... makeup artist
Key Philipps .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Martin Berléand .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Hélie .... production manager
François Menny .... unit manager
Nicolas Mestrallet .... assistant unit manager
Gatien Nida .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis Bergonhe .... first assistant director
Emmanuel Murat .... second assistant director
Bonnie Pirès .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Guillaume Abbe .... second assistant art director
Joan Ayrton .... painter
Bruno Barbier .... locksmith
Anne Bourleyre .... first assistant art director
Séverine Brunner .... upholsterer
Laurent Chalmandrier .... carpenter
Pierre Cluzel .... carpenter
François Combastel .... head carpenter
André Conil .... carpenter
Anne Dolet .... sculptor
Michel Grimaud .... property master
Virginie Le Romain .... property buyer
Bruno Lefebvre .... carpenter (as Bruno Lefèvre)
Sacha Malheraux .... upholsterer
Philippe Margottin .... dressing props
Antoine Martial .... carpenter (as Martial Antoine)
Philippe Moutard .... painter
Brigitte Renard .... head sculptor
Martina Seeber .... head painter
Christian Van Oost .... painter
François Combastel .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Bourgeois .... additional sound editor
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Philippe Dongé .... sound mix technician
Eric Ferret .... post-sync foley artist
Denis Jaillet-Marsigny .... sound recordist
Alexis Jung .... foley editor
Hassan Kamrani .... sound intern
Fabien Kharat .... assistant sound
Florent Klockenbring .... assistant sound editor
Gwennolé Le Borgne .... sound editor
Carole Lourtil .... post-synchronisation
Davide Palmiotto .... ProTools operator
Davide Palmiotto .... sound assistant
Loïc Pommiès .... post-sync recordist
Nicolas Provost .... second dialogue editor
Patrice Séverac .... post-synchronisation
Yann Vernier .... assistant foley artist
 
Special Effects by
François Philippi .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Emmanuelle Carlier .... visual effects production assistant
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects director
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects coordinator
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical director: Duboicolor
Abdel Ali Kassou .... I/O manager
Abdel Ali Kassou .... imaging manager
Emmanuel Le Courbe .... digital compositor
Didier le Fouest .... digital colorist
Cecile Peltier .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... Steadicam operator
Franck-Norman Bihi .... electrician (as Norman Bihi)
Guy-Auguste Boléat .... key grip
Tanneguy d'Aubert .... assistant camera
Laurent Duquesnoy .... grip
Jeannick Gravelines .... still photographer
Guy Guermouh .... generator operator
Laurent Hincelin .... first assistant camera
Emilie de la Hosseraye .... still photographer
Nicolas Le Gal .... second assistant camera
Luis Peraña .... electrician
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Jean-Mary Vodoz .... grip
Christian Weyers .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Dan Berthier .... extras casting assistant
Elodie Demey .... casting assistant
Evy Figliolini .... extras casting
Laura Sfedj .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Condat .... wardrobe
Thierry Delettre .... costumer
Camille Janbon .... costumer
Daniella Telle .... wardrobe (as Daniela Telle)
Bruce Ugaeral .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Caíque de Souza .... conform artist
Soline Guyonneau .... first assistant editor
Charlotte Mazzinghi .... dailies color grader
Julien Parouty .... trainee assistant editor
Laurent Pelé .... on-line editor
Nora Sèches .... color timer
 
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music supervisor
Cristina Piovani .... music executive producer
Aidan Zammit .... musician: keyboards
 
Other crew
Romain Benoist .... production accountant
Stéphanie Bermann .... trainee script supervisor
Marylène Dastugue .... production secretary
François-René Duchable .... technical advisor: piano
Carole Fevre .... script supervisor
Tarik Magra .... production intern
Magali Payen .... production intern
David Poirot-Gozlan .... production assistant (as David Poirot)
Dominique Segall .... press attache
Pierre Selinger .... production attorney
Arnaud Troesch .... trainee accountant
 
Thanks
Suzanne Flon .... dedicatee (as Suzanne)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fauteuils d'orchestre" - France (original title)
"Orchestra Seats" - Canada (English title) (festival title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some strong language and brief sexuality
Runtime:
106 min | USA:100 min (cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Visa d'exploitation en France # 112436See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dupontel (Jean-François Lefort) gives his concert and takes off his shirt and jacket they change places, first in front of the long end of the piano then in the next cut much closer to the keyboard end.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Star Academy" (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Consolation N°3 en ré bémol majeurSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Delightful Parisian Light Romance, 28 June 2008
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Daniele and Christopher Thomspon's light melodrama "Avenue Montaigne" (AKA Fauteuils d'orchestre) paints a wandering portrait of life in Paris' theatre district, centered on a small bistro which brings together stars, writers, directors, musicians, celebrity worshipers, and waiters. Several story arcs involving a variety of somewhat neurotic main characters are woven together around the story of the single character who does not appear to indulge in any particular neuroses - Jessica (Cecile DeFrance), a young woman who has come to Paris in hopes of creating an independent life for herself. Tirelessly hopeful, homeless, and delightful, Jessica's willfulness and charming personality wins her a job as the first female employee of the bistro around which most of the stories evolve.

Here, our heroine meets a brilliant pianist who is sick of the constraints of his own success and is married to a beloved wife who has sacrificed her own career to support his (Lefort - Albert DuPontel); A father and son (the Grumbergs, played by Claude Brasseur and Christopher Thompson) whose strained relationship is complicated by the father's very successful habit of collecting great art; A very high-strung, experienced and intelligent aging actress, who is terrified that her greatest opportunities may lie behind her (Catherine - Valerie Lemercier), and others.

Jessica's elderly and somewhat senile grandmother, who raised her, plays a pivotal, but largely behind-the-scenes role in all of this. In a sense Jessica comes to Paris to allow her grandmother to vicariously live on through Jessica just as much as she does so in order to find her own path.

The stories implied above are very nicely juxtaposed and the overall structure of the film is reminiscent of other excellent French and Italian melodramas. Avenue Montaigne, as most mainstream melodramas do, pays off with resolution, but does not challenge believability (often a problem for modernistic melodrama) and is, like the complex characters it examines, not entirely predictable.

Uplifting, but honest and realistic, the film is very well acted all-around, excellently scripted and nicely directed and edited. I found Ms DeFrance, Valerie Lemercier and Albert Dupontel particularly outstanding. The soundtrack is also quite nicely integrated into the action of the film, sometimes giving the film a sometimes-needed touch of magical fantasy.

Highly recommended for the romance/melodrama crowd. Recommended for others.

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