Thursday, April 19, 2007

Avenue Montaigne

Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Avenue Montaigne
Studio: ThinkFilm
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Cecile de France, Claude Brasseur
Director: Daniele Thompson
WorkNameSort: Avenue Montaigne
Our Rating: 2.50
Dumb people dismiss French movies as being too pretentious; pretentious people point to dumb movies like Avenue Montaigne as evidence to the contrary. In the case of this 2006 film, both groups would be right. Trying to be a light, sentimental comedy doubling as a sloppy wet kiss to the beauty and energy of Paris, Avenue Montaigne is driven by secondary meanings and morality-tale leanings. Beautiful artistic types ' actors, musicians, painters ' meander through the movie in a blissful way, as satisfied with themselves and their pop-culture knowledge as they are with the vitality of their city. Romance blossoms and � well, that's about it. Director Danièle Thompson tries vainly to make a larger point, but the thin effervescence of the film bubbles away any such attempts. It's both pretentious and dumb.



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