Paris Can Wait



Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 15, 2016 1:45 PM
Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 16, 2016 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Focus: Culinary Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:92 min.
Director:Eleanor Coppola
Producer:Eleanor Coppola
Fred Roos
Screenwriter:Eleanor Coppola
Cinematographer:Crystel Fournier
Editor:Akrivi Fili
Glen Scantlebury
Cast:Diane Lane
Alec Baldwin
Arnaud Viard
Print Source:American Zoetrope
Note Writer:Pam Grady


FOCUS: CULINARY CINEMA “I can’t remember the last time Michael and I played hooky,” says Anne (Diane Lane). “Everyone has to have a wife to be happy,” says Jacques (Arnaud Viard). In Eleanor Coppola’s effervescent narrative feature debut, Anne is playing hooky, but with Jacques, not her movie producer husband Michael (Alec Baldwin), on a road trip through France from Cannes to Paris. Bachelor Jacques’ seemingly innocent offer of a ride evolves into a full-press charm offensive as he tries to woo the woman he nicknames Brûlée with roses, side excursions, and every kind of gastronomical indulgence, alternately amusing and vexing her. Lane is luminous and Viard playfully rakish. Together they are a delight in this breezy comedy that celebrates transitory romance and the glories of France. Gorgeously lensed, Coppola’s delicious first feature will have you packing your bags for your own Provence idyll. Or at least booking a table at your favorite French restaurant.

Guest in attendance 10/15: Eleanor Coppola (Director)

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The daughter of a political cartoonist and home-maker, Eleanor Coppola attributes her love of the natural world to the environment in which she grew up, on Sunset Beach, an oceanfront community south of Los Angeles. Eleanor met her future husband, Francis Coppola, in 1962, while working on Dementia 13, the first feature film he wrote and directed.   Family responsibilities made the practice of art ever more challenging.  Ellie credits other women artists for support, inspiration and practical guidance.  A book by feminist artist Judy Chicago, Through the Flower, was especially useful.  Increasingly, she came to embrace the artistic possibilities of everyday life, allowing her to “do what I could, when I could,” even as she fulfilled her role within her family.  She developed a creative ethos, “the art of the everyday.”