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CLOSING NIGHT

Lost in Paris

Paris pieds nus

FIONA GORDON, DOMINIQUE ABEL
France, 2016
84 minutes, Color
Official website

Brussels-based husband-and-wife duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (Rumba; The Fairy) take inspiration from Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy in this whimsical slapstick comedy. Gordon and Abel masterfully concoct a perilous but ultimately benign world in which a mischievous fate seems to want to have fun at the expense of the protagonists in one perfectly executed pratfall after another. In the film, Fiona (Gordon) embarks on a mission to save her dotty aunt Martha, played by French screen legend and Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), from a nursing home after receiving the frantic plea, "Dear Fiona, help! After 48 years living in Paris they want me to move to an old people's home. Ridiculous! I'm only 88." Escaping frozen Canada for the city of romance, gawky, gangling Fiona arrives too late: Martha's apartment is empty. Worse, she loses her passport and her money, and takes an unintended dip in the Seine. As one mishap leads to another, she becomes entangled with a fleet-footed homeless man (Abel) in a world of Tati-esque deadpan sight gags, class commentary, and brightly colored sets. A lovingly crafted cinematic confection, Lost in Paris is just as effortlessly charming and romantic as the City of Lights itself—Various sources

In French, English with English subtitles

For security reasons, film tickets at the Embassy of France must be purchased in advance.

Co-presented with the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment

CLOSING NIGHT

Lost in Paris

Paris pieds nus

FIONA GORDON, DOMINIQUE ABEL
France, 2016
84 minutes, Color
Official website

Brussels-based husband-and-wife duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (Rumba; The Fairy) take inspiration from Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy in this whimsical slapstick comedy. Gordon and Abel masterfully concoct a perilous but ultimately benign world in which a mischievous fate seems to want to have fun at the expense of the protagonists in one perfectly executed pratfall after another. In the film, Fiona (Gordon) embarks on a mission to save her dotty aunt Martha, played by French screen legend and Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), from a nursing home after receiving the frantic plea, "Dear Fiona, help! After 48 years living in Paris they want me to move to an old people's home. Ridiculous! I'm only 88." Escaping frozen Canada for the city of romance, gawky, gangling Fiona arrives too late: Martha's apartment is empty. Worse, she loses her passport and her money, and takes an unintended dip in the Seine. As one mishap leads to another, she becomes entangled with a fleet-footed homeless man (Abel) in a world of Tati-esque deadpan sight gags, class commentary, and brightly colored sets. A lovingly crafted cinematic confection, Lost in Paris is just as effortlessly charming and romantic as the City of Lights itself—Various sources

In French, English with English subtitles

For security reasons, film tickets at the Embassy of France must be purchased in advance.

Co-presented with the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment


Sunday, April 30
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Sunday, April 30
7:00 PM
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