Lost in Paris, wonderfully delightful from start to finish – Review
Arrow Films have announced that they will be releasing Lost in Paris into UK cinemas from the 24th November, so I took that chance to preview the movie before it’s release and bring you my thoughts on the movie that is written, directed and starring the filmmaking duo Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon (The Fairy, Rumba), Lost in Paris also stars the late BAFTA winning and Academy Award-nominated actress Emmanuelle Riva (Amour, Three Colours Blue, Hiroshima Mon Amour).
Not having seen Abel and Gordon’s style of filmmaking before, it was a refreshing change for me to watch a movie that has a style of its own with Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s signature whimsical style, the opening sequence of the sandstorm and the introduction of characters had me thinking to myself that this is going to be a film I was going to enjoy.
The movie, with its strange charm, reminded me of a movie I reviewed a while back, Michael Gondry’s Mood Indigo which I absolutely loved with and still do, Lost in Paris has its bizarre moments in Paris such as one of the characters having a wee in the river as the boat of tourists travels past and the restaurant scene with the music being so loud that everyone bounces to the bass.
Lost in Paris stars the filmmakers as a small town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 93-year-old Aunt Martha (played by Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva) who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom (Abel), the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone.
I found myself laughing on several occasions as the lead character are thrown together and apart with some brilliantly choreographed slapstick that shows off the unique talents of Abel and Gordon’s work.
Lost in Paris is shot well with nice touches and camera angles to create something unique and with many comedic moments that are set up to perfectly tell the story, the film is such a refreshing change to watch from the big Hollywood movies we have these days, with its tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in Paris, it is a joy to watch.
The soundtrack to the film also works very well, such as the old couple when they start to dance on the bench, well when I say dance, it’s just a shot of their feet doing all the dancing and it has an old-style track that works wonderfully with the foot dancing, which is also beautifully shot as the couple dance.
Don’t let the fact that the film is in French with subtitles and the occasional spoken English put you off, this works well for the story of the Candian that is Lost in Paris, a testament to the talents of the filmmakers.
Directors & Writers Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon have said about the movie: “Like our other films, LOST IN PARIS is a burlesque comedy. The story is simple, in order for the performances to take centre stage, however, this time, the plot is akin to an amateur investigation, giving it a different tone from our previous films. We place performance at the heart of our story, filming bodies that struggle against adversity, that fight to live, to reach or to preserve a certain dignity, and to surpass themselves. Almost all the events take place over two days and two nights. The characters are in a constant state of emergency, running around and bumping into each other the whole time.”
Lost in Paris is in UK cinemas 24th November, check your local listings and if you get a chance check out this delightful movie.