A Lady in Paris
A middle-aged Estonian woman dreams of starting a new life in Paris, but her employer turns out to be a cynical, sharp-tongued, old woman (Jeanne Moreau), with whom she develops an unexpected friendship.
May 24, 2013
|12:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
May 27, 2013
|6:30 PM||Egyptian Theatre||Date has passed|
With tongue-in-cheek charm, A Lady in Paris is an intimate comedic portrait of two very different women—making A Lady in Paris actually about two ladies in Paris. Anne (Laine Mägi) is provincial and comes from Estonia. Frida's much younger former lover Stéphane has hired Anne to take care of wealthy Frida, played by Jeanne Moreau, a legend of French Cinema who at 84, is as charismatic and saucy as ever. Frida doesn't want any help from mousey Anne, but Stéphane is desperate for Anne to stay and look after her, even against the old lady's will. In this conflict of strangers, they find their own ways to come together. The affection that grows proves to be greater than their fear, egotism, or jealousy. A moving and elegant film about age, character, loss, and love. It's also an insight into the real dilemmas families face with aging feisty women or men, and ultimately proves that it's never too late to start a new life.
Ilmar Raag is the writer and director of the most successful film ever made in Estonia, The Class (2007), which was sold to 91 countries, won 25 awards from 70 festivals, and was developed into a successful, award-winning television series.
Sponsored in part by The Maxwell Hotel
|Principal Cast:||Jeanne Moreau, Laine Mägi, Patrick Pineau, François Beukelaers|
|Country:||Estonia, Belgium, France|
|Running Time:||94 minutes|
|Producer:||Milena Poylo, Gilles Sacuto|
|Screenplay:||Ilmar Raag, Agnès Feuvre, Lise Macheboeuf|
|Awards:||Locarno Film Festival 2012 (Ecumenical Prize)|
|Filmography:||The Class (2007); Killing Tartu (1998)|
|International Sales:||Pyramide International|