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Avenue Montaigne (2006)

Fauteuils d'orchestre (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 April 2007 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Danièle Thompson

Writers:

Danièle Thompson (screenplay), Christopher Thompson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valérie Lemercier ... Catherine Versen
Cécile de France ... Jessica (as Cécile De France)
Albert Dupontel ... Jean-François Lefort
Claude Brasseur ... Jacques Grumberg
Christopher Thompson Christopher Thompson ... Frédéric Grumberg
Dani ... Claudie
Laura Morante ... Valentine Lefort
Suzanne Flon ... Madame Roux
Sydney Pollack ... Brian Sobinsky
François Rollin François Rollin ... Marcel
Guillaume Gallienne ... Pascal
Annelise Hesme ... Valérie
Françoise Lépine Françoise Lépine ... Magali Garrel
Michel Vuillermoz Michel Vuillermoz ... Félix
Daniel Benoin Daniel Benoin ... Daniel Bercoff
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Storyline

Jessica, raised by her grandmother, comes to Paris and gets a job at a bar across from a performance complex where a play, a concert, and an art auction will occur the same evening. It's a world in flux: the play's star wants off a popular TV soap that's made her rich, and she covets the lead in a film about de Beauvoir and Sartre; the pianist hates the concert circuit, but his wife who's his manager may leave him if he quits; a self-made widower with a girlfriend less than half his age is selling his collection of modern art - his son, a professor, objects to his father's love life. The stage manager at the complex is resigning after 30 years. Jessica sets the tone for how all plays out. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

pianist | manager | concert | bar | widower | See All (68) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Japanese

Release Date:

27 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avenue Montaigne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,183,194 (France), 24 February 2006

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,677, 18 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,044,614, 22 July 2007
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation en France # 112436 See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

Before end credits: "À Suzanne" (dedicated to Suzanne Flon who died at 87 shortly after filming was completed), as we hear an off-screen quote by her - taken from earlier in the film - where the elderly character she plays serenely states that she had a good life. See more »

Connections

References Star Academy (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

L'important c'est la rose
Words by Louis Amade
Music by Gilbert Bécaud (1969)
Performed by Gilbert Bécaud
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Delicious!
16 February 2007 | by juliadebresSee all my reviews

I loved this movie! It is light and frothy, sure, but much more absorbing and entertaining than most of these intersecting lives type offerings. It is a slightly preposterous scenario, sure, but as the NZ Herald review said "The film is studded with smart, unshowy performances [...] that make the story's contrived nature virtually unnoticeable". The script doesn't miss a beat and the characters are all immensely appealing, some portrayed with a level of depth you wouldn't expect for the plot. It is funny too. I really think it raises the bar for this genre. Plus who can't fall for all the gorgeous shots of Paris? 100% enjoyment.


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