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A Lady in Paris

Eestianna Pariisis

Estonia | 2012 | 94 minutes | Ilmar Raag

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.

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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.

Director Biography
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.

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Director: Ilmar Raag
Principal Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Laine Mägi, Patrick Pineau, François Beukelaers
Country: Estonia, Belgium, France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 94 minutes
Producer: Milena Poylo, Gilles Sacuto
Screenplay: Ilmar Raag, Agnès Feuvre, Lise Macheboeuf
Cinematographers: Laurent Brunet
Editors: Anne-Laure Guégan
Music: Dez Mona
Website: http://www.amrion.ee/index2.php?id=10430
Awards: Locarno Film Festival 2012 (Ecumenical Prize)
Filmography: The Class (2007); Killing Tartu (1998)
Language: French, Estonian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Pyramide International
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