SXSW: Paris Can Wait

paris-can-wait-F72057.jpgI’ve been to France twice and would go back in a heartbeat if we got the chance.  It’s a beautiful country with so much history, and their climate is warm enough that their spring feels like summer to Canadian visitors like us.   And above all else, the food in France is wonderful – the French do gourmet dining as well or better than anyone else in the world.  Eleanor Coppola seems to have similar feelings in France but instead of wistfully looking at pictures of Paris (which is what I’m doing right now), she got to work and made her own chance to spend time there, by writing and directing Paris Can Wait.

One thing that is readily apparent is Coppola’s background in documentaries (most if not all of which have chronicled her family members’ films).  She captures some beautiful shots of the French countryside and intersperses some well-shot photographs into the movie (courtesy of Lane’s character’s convenient hobby).  The photos were a good way to show off the food, and Paris Can Wait features so much delicious-looking food.

I can’t fault Coppola for taking the opportunity to sightsee in France on other people’s money, and tagging along on the journey was enjoyable even though there is nothing particularly memorable about it.  Diane Lane plays the same role she always does as the hopeful and optimistic woman who is taking stock of her life, Alec Baldwin appears for about five minutes total as Lane’s husband before jetting off and leaving Lane with his business partner (played by Arnaud Viard), and that basically takes care of all the speaking parts in this movie.

Paris Can Wait is simple and straightforward with no surprises.  You get exactly what you’d expect, which may or may not be a good thing.  I think you will enjoy this movie if: (a) you like traditional by-the-numbers rom-coms; (b) you are a member of Diane Lane’s fan club; or (c) you wish you were in France eating gourmet meals that cost 800 Euro and up.

If you’re not in that last category yet then get there!  My advice?  Instead of reading about romantic comedies, take a date and your chequebook to a Michelin-starred restaurant immediately (preferably one that brings individual carts to your table for the cheese and dessert courses, like we were treated to at Guy Savoy).  And then post your food porn pictures in the comments (bonus points for pictures of the carts in all their glory)!

 

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10 thoughts on “SXSW: Paris Can Wait

    1. Sean Post author

      And also the bread sommelier, and the chef coming to the table to cook one of the 18 courses, and that there were desserts in addition to the dessert cart. I could have written a whole piece about that meal without any trouble.

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    1. Sean Post author

      Yes his Trump is scarily good and the craziest part for me is that he isn’t really exaggerating anything nor does he have to since Trump himself is so ridiculous.

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  1. kmSalvatore

    Fraggys right about Baldwin.. I was never a fan of him..till I saw him do..whats HIS NAME. and I love Baldwin for that. and that alone. I guess ill have to wait til I go see farggy and she can take me to France:). thanks Sean

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  2. calensariel

    You know Sean, now that you’ve said that, I believe you’re right… Diane Lane really does always play the same part. I wonder when someone will discover whether she can really do a different part as well… (Though I LOVE “Under the Tuscan Sun.”)

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