Kate and Charlie have a perfect life planned out before them: buying a house, marriage, kids, the whole works. Kate's fear of flying keeps her in Canada while Charlie goes to Paris for a medical convention. While there Charlie is smitten by the lovely Juliette. He calls off the wedding with Kate and she nervously boards a plane to get him back. She ends up sitting next to the petty French thief Luc Teyssier. He hides a stolen necklace and smuggled grape vine in her bag to get it through customs. Her bag is stolen, the necklace apparently lost, and Kate and Luc head to Cannes -- Luc to find the necklace and Kate get Charlie back. Along the way, Kate and Luc begin having feelings for each other -- which change the course of their lives.Written by
"You can't leave Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower." At least twice, Kate misses seeing the tower, once as the car she is in passes the Trocadéro, and next when the tower lights go out at night, just right after she turns her head towards it. Then she sees, reflected in a shop window, the top of what she thinks is the tower, but when she turns to look, the buildings are hiding the entire view. Meanwhile, the window has been opened so that when she turns back, she can't even see the reflection. Finally, when she is leaving Paris, she sees it from the window of the train. See more »
The piece of cloth with the Air Canada logo on it (behind Kate's head on the seat) moves around and disappears depending on the shot. See more »
Do you believe in love? The kind that lasts forever?
I loved my mother.
No, everybody loves their mother. Even people who hate their mothers love their mothers. The question is, one man meant for one woman. That is the question.
But it is not an interesting question. It is the question of a little girl who believes in fairy tales.
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One of the crew members is credited as "Big Cheese." See more »
A Francophile will probably like this film. I did. Meg Ryan plays a woman who's on the verge of marrying a Canadian, so she's denounced her American citizenship. She's also afraid of flying so she stays home while her fiance goes to Paris on business. Things take a turn for the worse when he calls, saying he's met the woman of his dreams and he's staying in France.
Frantic to get back her man, she boards a plane. Next to her sits a French thief, beautifully played by Kevin Kline, who has problems of his own, most notably how to smuggle a diamond necklace out of the country.
It's a character-driven plot that Cary Grant would have loved - two people who are seemingly so "repelled" by each other but all they need are the right elements to fall in love. I'm generally not a fan of the romantic-comedy, but the French setting sucked me in as did a supporting role played by the always excellent Jean Reno.
As for the authenticity of Kline's accent, I had a good friend from France who claimed it was "formidable." So there.
Very entertaining and worth a watch.
Want more French choices? Try "Frantic" with Harrison Ford, it's Hitchcockian; "Green Card," who can resist Depardieu?; and my all-time favorite Meg Ryan film "Addicted to Love." It's a great black comedy and it has the sizzlingly sexy Tcheky Karyo. "C'est magnifique!"
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