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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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Merci beaucoup, Madame Thompson, 5 October 2007
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

Avenue Montaigne aka Fauteuils d'orchestre or Orchestra Seats is the second movie directed by Daniéle Thompson and written by her and her son Christopher Thompson that I have seen. I like her work very much and look forward to see her Jet Lag (2002), another romantic comedy or rather light drama with Juliette Binoche and Jean Réno.

Few months ago I saw my first Thompson's movie, La Bûche (1999), the stories of three sisters, the Parisians with the sweet Russian names, Sonya (Emmanuelle Béart), Lyuba (Sabine Azémaand), and Milla (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and their parents who have been divorced for 25 years but still have a lot to say to each other. I was charmed by the clever, funny, touching and poignant Christmas dramedy in Paris. I expected to like "Avenue Montaigne" as much as La Bûche and I was not disappointed. The story of a young provincial girl Jessica, a waitress at the legendary café which has been frequented by the rich, famous, and talented for many years is linked with the stories of an actress, a piano player and an art collector. All three are successful, wealthy, talented, and...unhappy. Jacques, an art collector is determined to sell the priceless pieces he and his late wife had collected for 30 years. Jean-François (Albert Dupontel), internationally renowned concert pianist is suffocating in the life where every day is scheduled for many years ahead by his wife, who is also his manager. He adores music and he is madly in love with his wife whom he may lose if he quits his career. Valerie Lemercier as Catherine steels the film as the hugely popular and wealthy TV star who dreams of playing in the Art movies. Her scene with the American film director, Sobinski (Sidney Pollack) who came to Paris looking for an actress in his biopic about Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre elevates the nice stylish comedy to the higher level. Lemercie was incredibly passionate, riveting, and yes, sexy when she gave Sobinski her vision of the celebrated author, philosopher, feminist, who was a muse and inspiration, friend and lover to some of the most brilliant men from the last century. I would run, not just walk to see the movie about Simone de Beauvoir with Lemercie as Simone.

Set in always captivating Paris, filled with the thoroughly chosen soundtrack that features Beethoven's Finale de la sonate 'La Tempête' ( my favorite Beethoven's sonata), "Consolation N°3 en ré bémol majeur" composed by Franz Liszt, and the songs of such French singing legends as Gilbert Bécaud, Juliette Gréco, and Charles Aznavour, the latest Danièle Thompson's film is a charm and delight. Daughter of director Gérard Oury has inherited her father's talent and I will be waiting for her every new movie.

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