Five Funny French Films: Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus)


In this whimsical comedy, Fiona (Fiona Gordon), a librarian in Canada, rushes to Paris after receiving a mysterious letter from her elderly Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by the late Emmanuelle Riva). In a crazy sequence of mishaps, Fiona discovers that her aunt is missing and crosses paths with Dom (Dominique Abel), a charismatic tramp living in a tent near the Seine. Their efforts to find the missing octogenarian lead to a series of eccentric characters, including a wonderfully choreographed cameo by beloved comedian Pierre Richard!

Using a highly original style that has been compared to Jacques Tati with a touch of Pina Bausch, this filmmaking couple makes delightful use of Parisian landmarks to tell a story infused with oddball charm.

Directors’ Statement
Like our other films, “Lost in Paris is a burlesque comedy. The story is simple, in order for the performances to take centerstage; however, this time, the plot is akin to an amateur investigation, giving it a different tone from our previous films. We place performance at the heart of our story, filming bodies that struggle against adversity, that fight to live, to reach or to preserve a certain dignity, and to surpass themselves. Almost all the events take place over two days and two nights. The characters are in a constant state of emergency, running around and bumping into each other the whole time. In essence, three individuals, alone and unfamiliar with their surroundings, come together in ways both awkward and profound. Lost in Paris uses humor to talk about essential things like death, freedom of choice, solitude and solidarity.

Read the “Los Angeles Times” review.

When:
Mar 24, 2018
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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