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Avenue Montaigne(Fauteuils d'orchestre)

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France · 2006
Rated PG-13 · 1h 46m
Director Danièle Thompson
Starring Cécile de France, Albert Dupontel, Laura Morante, Christopher Thompson
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jessica, a young woman from the provinces, moves to Paris, where she finds a job as a waitress at a chic bistro on the Avenue Montaigne. Surrounded by upscale theaters and luxury apartments, she forms connections with many of the avenue's wealthy residents, including a pianist, a famous actress, and an art collector.

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Village Voice by

Not that Thompson's films lack for romance. She shoots Paris like Woody Allen shoots New York--ritzy, golden, and packed with chance meetings between highly strung arty types.


The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

Bookending the film is the relationship between Jessica and the grandmother who raised her. This role is delightfully played by Suzanne Flon, who recently died at age 87. The film is dedicated to the veteran actress.


Variety by Lisa Nesselson

A well-oiled script is nicely served by a multigenerational cast, a bittersweet and consistently entertaining mainstream comedy that tackles the big themes of Life and Art with unpretentious brio.


Chicago Reader by Ronnie Scheib

Effortlessly interlinking the stories through the jaunty perambulations of a fresh-faced waitress from a local cafe, Thomson's crowd-pleaser makes up in refined schmaltz what it lacks in innovation or profundity.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

A lightweight French comedy worth watching only for Cecile de France. The gamine actress - decked out in short reddish hair, black tights and a thigh-high mini - is charming as Jessica.

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