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Paris pieds nus (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 March 2017 (France)
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Fiona visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom, a homeless man who has yet to have an emotion or thought he was afraid of expressing.

Directors:

Dominique Abel (as Abel), Fiona Gordon (as Gordon)

Writers:

Dominique Abel (screenplay), Dominique Abel | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Riva ... Martha
Pierre Richard ... Norman
Emmy Boissard Paumelle Emmy Boissard Paumelle ... Fiona enfant
Céline Laurentie Céline Laurentie ... Martha jeune / La factrice
Fiona Gordon Fiona Gordon ... Fiona
Charlotte Dubery Charlotte Dubery ... La lectrice
David Palatino David Palatino ... Le lecteur
Frédéric Meert Frédéric Meert ... Bob le Mountie (as Fred Meert)
Guillaume Delvingt Guillaume Delvingt ... Le joggeur
Philippe Martz Philippe Martz ... M. Martin
Olivier Parenty Olivier Parenty ... L'employé de l'ambassade
Dominique Abel ... Dom
Fabrice Milich Fabrice Milich ... Le portier de la péniche
Jean Loison Jean Loison ... Le DJ péniche
Annabelle Cocollos Annabelle Cocollos ... Mère de famille sauteuse
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Martha, an eighty-year-old former Canadian dancer, has been living in Paris for decades. Now losing her head, she is threatened to be sent to an old people's home. No way. Martha decides to call her niece, Canadian librarian Fiona, for help. Alas, when her relative arrives in the French capital, Martha has disappeared. Worse, Fiona loses both her identity documents and money after falling into the Seine. Now alone in Paris, the young woman is desperate. It is at this point that Dom, a homeless man who lives in a tent on the Île aux Cygnes, unexpectedly comes into her life..., for better or worse. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Good Films (es) | MK2 Films | See more »

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 March 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost in Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,510, 16 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$691,597, 30 November 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Emmanuelle Riva readily agreed to appear in the film as she was a big fan of Buster Keaton, whose style Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon emulate. See more »

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Featured in Pierre Richard: Le discret (2018) See more »

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The Swimming Song
Performed by Kate & Anna McGarrigle
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Physical and visual stroke of comedy
1 August 2017 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Lost In Paris (2016 release from France/Belgium; 83 min. original title "Paris pieds nus") brings the story of Fiona and Dom. As the movie opens, Fiona gets a letter from her 88 yr. old aunt Martha, who's lived in Paris for decades but now cries out for help. Fiona does not hesitate, says goodbye to her Canadian village in the snowy mountains, and off she goes. When she gets to Paris, her aunt Martha is not home, forcing Fiona onto the streets and into all sorts if (mis)adventures. In a parallel story, we get to know Dom, a homeless guy who lives in a small tent on the banks of the Seine and finds the backpack that Fiona just lost. That very first night, by chance they meet in a restaurant... To tell you more of the plot would spoil tour viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

First of all, this movie is a labor of love of Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, who co-direct, co-produce, co-write and co-star in this movie. Here they bring a series of funny scenes, using a physical and visual kind of humor that is reminiscent of another age (Jacques Tati, of course, and many others), and which has become all but extinct in this day and age. The use of both the Paris Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower is done in a refreshing way. The movie clips by at a surprisingly fast tempo. But in the end it's all about the interplay between Fiona and Dom.

The movie opened recently without any pre-release hype or marketing at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. I figured this would not be playing very long. The Tuesday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great (less than 10 people). But I'll tell you what: almost everyone (including myself) laughed out loud on many occasions, and seemed to enjoy themselves. If you are in the mood for a physical and visual comedy the like of which we rarely get to see anymore, I readily recommend you check out "Lost In Paris", be it in the theater, on VOD or eventually on VD/Blue-ray.


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