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Paris Can Wait-Netflix

In anticipation of my upcoming trip to Paris, I have been looking for movies set in and around France. This one does a great job of vicariously transporting you to the various regions.

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The movie itself didn't get very good reviews but for the locations it was great. I enjoyed it a lot for that reason.

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Midnight in Paris is great! I believe there's even a walking tour that takes you to locations in the film. Of of course you could find them on your own.

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Midnight in Paris is great. Paris Je t'Aime is also great if mixed. 16 vignettes based on different arrondissement -- some wonderful, some stupid. My favorite is the 14th arrondissement -- a middle aged US postal worker narrates her long dreamed of visit to Paris in heavily American accented French -- charming and because she is talking slowly and with an American accent even those of us with limited French can understand every word of her French. Before Midnight is also good.

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I watched this cute movie on the way home from our last trip to Paris. It is a good one.

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A lone dissenter on the Woody Allen film, average at best, just like his film set in Rome.

‘Amélie’ is a whimsical gem with wonderful music. The same actress stars in the lovely ‘A Very Long Engagement’. Years ago, our local public television station here in Ontario used to show many great old movies, including a few French ones. The original ‘La Cage aux Folles’, ‘Les Diaboliques’ and ‘Le Paisir’ are some I remember, and a couple of Jacques Tati films (he himself was on holiday in one of them). I’m not sure if they help with planning a trip to France but they were all good films.

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I agree about Woody Allen's Rome movie -- totally tedious but Midnight in Paris was both better written and acted and well, the pictures of Paris are stunning. Towards the very end of this post on churches off the beaten track in Paris are a couple of pictures of the steps at St. Etienne du Mont where Giles is picked up by the car from the past in Midnight in Paris.
https://janettravels.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/interesting-paris-churches-off-the-beaten-track/

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Gundersen, would that be TVO by any chance? Fellow Ontarian here :)

Being right next door to Quebec, I keep telling myself to brush up on my French.

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"My favorite is the 14th arrondissement -- a middle aged US postal worker narrates her long dreamed of visit to Paris in heavily American accented French...."

Me too, I love that one. Also the opener with the man waiting to park and the woman fainting on the sidewalk.

Offbeat but worth the time is Agnes Varda, we just watched her film Faces Places which has her traversing France with a photographer who papers his portraits of people all over small towns in France to great appreciation from the locals, it's at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/faces_places

Her film The Gleaners and I is fabulous.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gleaners_and_I

Woody Allen runs hot and cold, due in part, I think, to his fast paced production with minimal rehearsal. But I love Midnight in Paris, I think it's a modern classic and one of his best.

Gil has a chat with "Hemingway":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wM06z5lA74

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Uh, Diana, could you tell us the name of the movie to which you refer?

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Janet, I'm assuming she was referring to Paris Can Wait, but I could be wrong.

Gunderson, you're not the only dissenter. I was not that fond of Midnight in Paris. I'm not a fan of Owen Wilson so, for me, that ruined it. I would have preferred to see another actor in the role. Just a personal opinion. But I did like the Paris locations filmed and I like the premise of the story. I usually do like Woody Allen movies.

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Agnes Varda definitely. And if you are taking kids have them watch the Disney Hunchback cartoon and the climb the tower of Notre Dame.

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"Gundersen, would that be TVO by any chance? Fellow Ontarian here :)" - Yes indeed. It's never been the same without the great Elwy Yost. He moved to the west coast after he retired, before moving on to greener pastures. As a young man I met him many years ago, in the Viking fish and chip shop in Etobicoke. He was tall and thin, which suprised me. He certainly loved movies and could find just about something good to say about every movie, maybe even Midnight in Paris if he had a chance to see it. The best part of Midnight in Paris, apart from the locations, is that we are not constantly bombarded by Woody Allen's whiny ramblings.

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From an historical perspective: "Is Paris Burning?" (a WW2 film). "Charade" is also good.. Loved "Midnight in Paris".

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Hugo is a live-action-animation hybrid about a little boy hiding in the Mont Parnasse rail station. I was charmed -- and since the director was Martin Scorsese, charm is the last thing I expected. It evokes mid-20th-Century Paris, and especially the railroad. The central incident features a steam locomotive ramming through a giant stained-glass clock, an actual happening. Winner of five Oscars.
A memoir written by Adam Gopnik called Paris to the Moon is also charming, and also depends on a little boy's viewpoints to see the city. Worth reading.

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To "95020" I too am a big fan of the French TV series "Call My Agent". A lot of fun.

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Paris Can Wait. Sorry I was responding to the OP about that movie. I also adore Midnight in Paris and Amelie. Both are my absolute two favorite movies set in Paris. I actually saw Owen Wilson when we were in Paris in 2015. I was outside the Orangerie and he walked right past me. I was kind of in shock. LOL I also love Hugo and the cartoon movie, Ratatouille.

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If you have kids, or don’t, check out A MONSTER IN PARIS. It stars French singer Vanessa Paradis in both English and French versions. I show it to my French 1 students every year.

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A bit out of left-field, but the action film Bourne Identity has some great chase sequences in central Paris.

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Favorite for Paris is Midnight in Paris. But try A year in Provence. And French Kiss with Meg Ryan.

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Take a look at "Lost in Paris." A sweet romantic comedy that has been called quirky, offbeat, whimsical. It's all of those.

This film received rave reviews at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival, where it made the Official Selection.

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Just finished Paris can wait .

The scenery is the only thing I like about the movie .

The two main characters make me nauseous. She’s a sap and he’s a caricature .

And why the hell doesnt Diane’s character ever brush her hair ? it’s a ratty dry mess .

I liked Midnight in Paris and

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Love Amelie, beautiful film.
But another couldnt finish Midnight in Paris, it felt very cringy and cheesy, but as some one else said if it had some one other than Owen Wilson in the lead then it might (big might) have worked.....

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I just watched Midnight in Paris. What a charming movie! I’m now wishing that I’d budgeted for more time in Paris. If it’s even half as beautiful as portrayed in the movie, I’ll be hard pressed to leave.

Thanks so much for recommending it!

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I'm struck by how many film recommendations are about Americans rather than Paris itself. However Triplets de Belleville could be nothing other than French even though it reverses the flow to go to somewhere like the US. Theme song, in Hot Club of Paris style, is unforgettable (even though it originated partly in Canada.)
I've recommended Hugo before, and stand by it. A lost kid, a railway station, and Martin Scorsese being sentimental about something other than gangs. Plus an armload of Oscars.

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If you're looking for films about the lives of Parisians by French directors I recommend "Paris" a film I watched on French tv that is now available on Prime Video with subtitles in English. Fascinating and compelling

This is the imdb blurb
During one 24-hour period, the lives of diverse characters from a cross-section of Parisian society intersect each other. Government officials, middle-class workers, a thief, and a transgender singer - they are all interconnected, whether they know it or not.

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Southam, I agree about the book 'Paris to the Moon'. It was very enjoyable.

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Just watched “Paris Je T’aime“. What a beautiful film!! Thank you so much for telling me about it. I never would have come across it otherwise. I am going to devote more time to the Pere Lachaise cemetery as a result.

So glad to have started this thread. Think I’ll watch “Hugo” next.

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If you have time to read, I'd suggest Cara Black's "Murder in..." fiction series, based on a young private eye named Aimee Leduc. Each book takes place in a different quartier, and the geography and accuracy is amazing. There's even a map at the front of each book. The first is "Murder in the Marias". It'd be fun to read one taking place in the area where you'll be staying!

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I love the quirky “Alice in Paris” on Amazon Prime, two minute vignettes of unusual places to eat and visit in Paris.

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If you search 'Paris'. or anyplace else on Netflix you will get a whole bunch of movies and travelogues -- I am planning a trip to Edinburgh August 2020 and know nothing about it and tried the same thing there and got a huge number of travel features etc there too. Same with Croatia which we are doing as a side trip from Paris this spring. Alice in Paris gives you great pictures of Paris -- never heard of it before. But there are Rick Steves shows, travelogues by various guide books, Bourdaine, --- one on Paris history and another on the architecture of the rooftops of Paris as well as murder and spy series set in Paris. I was surprised at how much useful stuff there is for trip planning.

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"Micmacs a Tire-Larigot."

No doubt. One of the most unique films I've ever seen, incredibly creative, with a message.

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Susan McQ, I just sent to our on-line library to start reading Cara Black’s series - thanks! I used to read a few Donna Leon books each time we were heading to Venice.

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I'm sorry to report that Agnes Varda passed away today, in Paris :-(

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Varda's passing broke my heart. It was sitting at a cafe in Vieux Nice when I read the news. What a loss.

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If you have time, take a Paris Walks tour. We took the Hemingway tour that also took us back to the steps in Midnight in Paris where Owen Wilson got into the car. What is so wonderful about these tours is getting off the beaten touristy path and seeing enchanting places. It was our favorite experience of Paris!

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Watch Amelie and then visit the café where it was filmed, Café des Deux Moulins in Montmartre.

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It's too long-term-popular for Netflix, you'll probably have to pay for it. Amazon Prime shows "no" as well, though there is a used copy for sale at $2.96.

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We are also fans of Paris Can Wait. Does anyone know of a website that details out the trip that was taken in the film? The film's official site has a listing of the towns/major locations they stopped, but not restaurant names, hotels, markets, museums, etc...