Writer: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon (Screenplay)
Starring: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard
Plot: 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.
Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Very Quirky Comedy
Story: Lost in Paris starts when Fiona (Gordon) is asked to go to Paris to look after her elderly Aunt Martha (Riva), having never been to Paris, Fiona goes for it only for this trip to become difficult as she can’t locate her Aunt. A homeless man Dom (Abel) starts following her and soon the unlikely pair are searching around Paris for her Aunt.
Thoughts on Lost in Paris
Characters – Fiona is the woman that doesn’t seem to have ever left her Snowy town in Canada, she gets that chance when her Aunt asks for to come to Paris, she does make the trip and soon finds herself searching Paris for her, losing her belongings along the way. She must accept help from a homeless man as she continues to find herself in the comical positions. Dom is the homeless man that geos about his days searching for food, old cigarette butts and just surviving, until he meets Fiona who he will help around Paris believing she could be the one for him. Martha is the Aunt who moved to Paris believing it to be the best place int eh world, it turns out in her eyes to be that place and she never wants to leave which brings Fiona there to keep her away from a nursing home. Norman is the new friend Martha has made one that has given her enjoyment in her later years.
Performances – Fiona Gordon in the leading role gives us a comical performance which is unlike the ones we are used to seeing in the genre, this will be a word I use a lot through this view, quirky. Dominique Abel gives an equal quirky performance which works well with Fiona. Emmanuelle Riva gets to play a character unlike anything we have seen from her before which only adds to the comedy in the film.
Story – The story follows one lady going to Paris to help care for her Aunt only to get there and discover she is missing and must befriend a homeless man to find her. The story plays on the idea that you are never too old to do something new for the first time, help can be found in strange locations and the style of story focuses on the comedy which was made famous by the silent film stars of yester year. This will not be the final time I say quirky, which is the best way to describe the story.
Comedy – The comedy is very quirky and does pay a lot of respect to the likes of Buster Keaton with how most of the film unfolds.
Settings – The film is set in Paris which for anyone visiting the country is always going to experience something new and amazing which is what Fiona goes through.
Final Thoughts – This is a nice quirky (last time I promise) comedy that pays respect to the silent movie stars with its style and teaches people to take the chance they always dreamed of taking.
Overall: Comedy that will make you take that chance.