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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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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)

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
Bruce Lignerat .... set 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
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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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and brief sexuality
106 min | USA:100 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
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46 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
This is very glossy mainstream French stuff; could do well with the older US art-house crowd, 12 March 2006
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California


Danièle Thompson's third directorial outing (preceded by La Bûche and Jet Lag/Décolage horaire) flows brilliantly on a grand scale doling out clichés and pungent acting in equal measure. It could do quite well with the older generation US art house audience and if the Film Society was looking for French films unlikely to be distributed here, this and the opener Palais Royal! were odd choices. Series viewers begin with a big dose of Valérie Lemercier, since she is prominent in both this and Palais Royal!

Three high-profile lives will meet deadlines on Paris' chic Avenue Montaigne on the 17th of the month in this story – a famous pianist is going to perform Beethoven, a popular TV actress debuts in a Feydeau farce, and a millionaire is going to auction off the great collection of modern art he's spent a lifetime assembling.

All three are dissatisfied. TV star Catherine Versen (Valérie Lemercier) gets extravagant paychecks for playing a problem-solving mayor on a popular high toned soap and runs into passionate fans wherever she goes, but she'd really much rather be a serious actress and play, say, Simone de Beauvoir in the movie a famous American director, Brian Sobinski (Sydney Pollack) is in town to cast. Millionaire businessman Jacques Grunberg (Claude Brasseur) is still enjoying life, but he knows not much of it remains to him. He is ill, and his relations with his grumpy professor son Frédéric (Christopher Thomson, the director's son) are cold. His collection is no longer alive to him either. He makes up for it with a young trophy girlfriend. Pianist Jean-Francois Lefort (Albert Dupontel) is managed by his mournful but devoted wife Valentine (Laura Morante, the mother in Moretti's The Son's Room) and he's booked solid for the next six years, but the whole concert life feels as constrictive to him as the evening clothes he must wear for concerts (Dupontel looks like a hunkier version of the sad pianist played by Charles Aznavour in Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player). Jean-Francois wants to dump it all, but his wife, whom he loves, may bolt if he does.

Tying all these celebs together are a couple of charming observers, Jessica and Claudie. Claudie (Dani) is the theater concierge and she's about to retire. Claudie has lived her dream of meeting all the pop stars as well as classical performers of decades past. She had no talent, she announces, so she chose to be around talent, and she succeeded and feels her life was very worthwhile. The moments when we see her lip-sync old French pop songs whose singers she's known through her job are perhaps the film's happiest. As a kind of Ariel and mascot for the piece there is Jessica (Cécile de France), a naive cutie from the provinces with a pretty face and charming smile (the Belgian-born Cécile has been one of French film's most promising young female stars of recent years) who's just landed a wait job at the old-fashioned Café des Arts – a place that serves every level of society that works in the quarter – and who, wouldn't you know it, quickly meets Jacques, Jean-Francois, Catherine, and even Frérdéric, who's eventually smitten, and Jessica hears them all unload their problems.

Book-ending the piece is the relationship of Jessica and the grandma who raised her (Suzanne Flon), Madame Roux, whose life foreshadowed Jessica's: she "always loved luxury" but was poor so when she went to Paris she worked as a maid in the ladies room of the Ritz. Flon just died at 87 and the film is dedicated to her: one of those great French cinematic troupers, she was performing, delightfully, in films right up until the end -- eight films in the past five years.

There's climax, romance, and reconciliation in store at the end for the cast. This is very glossy mainstream French stuff, good writing by Christopher Thompson in collaboration with his mother Danièle, smooth directing, good work by the stellar cast. Lemercider isn't as buffoonish as she was in Palais Royal!—one begins to see her appeal. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously even if the scenes between the pianist and his Italian wife are a bit intense, due to casting. The question is, what's this all about, and why must we concern ourselves with the "predicaments" of people who from the looks of it are so singularly fortunate in life?

(Shwon as part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series at Lincoln Center, March 2006, Fauteuils d'orchestre opened in Paris February 15, 2006.)

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