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      2006, Comedy, 1h 45m

      99 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      A cute and bubbly French comedy that carries no deeper lessons or agendas than to have a little fun for 90 minutes. Read critic reviews

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      Jessica (Cécile De France), a young woman from the French provinces, arrives in Paris and takes a job as a waitress at a bistro located amid a theater, concert hall and auction house. From this vantage point, she observes the lives of her famous and not-so-famous clientele, including a classical pianist (Albert Dupontel), an art collector (Claude Brasseur) and an actress (Valérie Lemercier).

      • Rating: PG-13 (Some Strong Language|Brief Sexuality)

      • Genre: Comedy

      • Original Language: French (Canada)

      • Director: Danièle Thompson

      • Producer: Christine Gozlan

      • Writer: Danièle Thompson, Christopher Thompson

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $2.0M

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      • Distributor: ThinkFilm

      • Production Co: Thelma Film AG, TF1 Films Productions, Studio Canal

      • Sound Mix: Dolby

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      • Feb 16, 2009

        Sweet tale of a young woman who moves to Paris, takes a job in a restaurant, and becomes involved in the lives of several local celebrities. Each of the characters are facing decisions regarding the future and the tale revolves around how each of them deals with his or her personal crisis. None of the world's problems are solved, but as an afternoon's light entertainment, this film is quite satisfying. A few questions linger as to motivation in a couple of cases, but not enough to detract from the sweetness of the story. A solid cast and a light hand at the helm by director Danielle Thompson. And Paris, ah, always beautiful.

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      • Feb 16, 2008

        [font=Century Gothic]In "Avenue Montaigne," inspired by her grandmother who raised her, Jessica(Cecile De France) ventures forth from her native Macon to Paris. At first, she is unable to get a job but persuades the manager of Bar du Theatres, Marcel(Francois Rollin), that she would make a good waitress. It also helps that he is short two workers and that there is a triple event happening in the neighborhood coming up on the 17th involving a concert, an auction and an opening night for a play. The concert is to be given by Jean-Francois Lefort(Albert Dupontel), a virtuoso pianist. A wealthy collector, Jacques Grumberg(Claude Brasseur), is auctioning off his entire collection. And a soap opera star, Catherine Versen(Valerie Lemercier), is acting in a play to prove she can be a serious actress.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Avenue Montaigne" is a tiresome and uninspired movie set in the art world about a group of people who are making transititions in their lives. Odd as it may sound, Sydney Pollack gives an unconvincing performance as a film director. The movie only looks at art through the prism of fame and money, not talent, promulgating a class system where the unlucky majority is meant to serve the lucky few. Despite that, the movie does have a sound premise which could have worked if it had not been stated out loud in the opening minutes and if more emphasis had been on the rehearsals and less on the soap opera, especially if Jessica had just been relegated to the background, not the foreground.(Even then, she is only confined to one small part of a very large city which is portrayed only in picture postcard cliches.) [/font]

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      • Dec 13, 2007

        This film's sweet and I liked getting into the heads of all the characters, well the main ones anyway.

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      • Oct 23, 2007

        I was pretty bored through this one. Seemed like a bunch of stuff was happening and I didn't really care all that much.

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