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Avenue Montaigne

Avenue Montaigne

Rated:PG-13
Studio:ThinkFilm
Director:Daniele Thompson
Cast:Cecile de France, Claude Brasseur
Genre:Comedy, Foreign
Our Rating:

Dumb people dismiss French movies as being too pretentious; pretentious people point to dumb movies like Avenue Montaigne as evidence to the contrary. In the case of this 2006 film, both groups would be right. Trying to be a light, sentimental comedy doubling as a sloppy wet kiss to the beauty and energy of Paris, Avenue Montaigne is driven by secondary meanings and morality-tale leanings. Beautiful artistic types — actors, musicians, painters — meander through the movie in a blissful way, as satisfied with themselves and their pop-culture knowledge as they are with the vitality of their city. Romance blossoms and … well, that’s about it. Director Daničle Thompson tries vainly to make a larger point, but the thin effervescence of the film bubbles away any such attempts. It’s both pretentious and dumb.

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