It’s Saturday night in Paris right now – they’re six hours ahead over there. And if you’re like me when I visited, you’re considering the options for an evening out.
It might be a jazz club, a moonlight boat ride on the Seine, a leisurely late evening meal
or just a meander through your neighborhood, stopping by a café to people watch while sipping kir or Calvados ….
But f you can’t go to the mountain, bring the mountain to you. If you’re home tonight, why not spend your evening streaming Paris on film? Tele-transport is the next best thing to being there. You can watch retro or avant guarde, cartoon or comedy, romance or mystery … Like Paris itself, your choices are seemingly endless and immensely satisfying.
On Netflix and YouTube, you can choose from vintage (Gigi, An American in Paris and the Bogart/ Hepburn 1954 version of Sabrina) or go modern with Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, the quirky Amelie or Paris, Je T’aime, 18 movie shorts from different film makers.
And if you’re hungry there’s the affable cartoon Ratatouille,about a Parisian rat who loves to cook!
But if you want to be more adventurous, I’ll suggest a few of my own favorites. Le Weekend is a British/French film about a couple who return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there. The bittersweet comedy chronicles their attempt to rejuvenate their marriage, mulling some thorny issues along the way, and engaging in some not exactly legal antics. This movie is sophisticated, well-acted and available for rent on Amazon/YouTube.
My Old Lady is a British–French–American comedy-drama starring Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline. It follows the story of Mathias, a down-and-out New Yorker, who inherits a valuable apartment and heads to Paris to liquidate it. The catch is Mathilde, a 92-year-old woman, is already living there and not about to vacate. There are twists and turns along the way, regrets and romance, as well as some great shots of Paris, and the wonderful chemistry of Smith and Kline. Available on Amazon or YouTube.
But my top choice for a good evening of entertainment is Lost in Paris. This off the radar gem is a quirky film pairing the husband/wife comedy team of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon. Fiona is small-town Canadian librarian who goes to Paris to rescue (she thinks) her elderly aunt. Who she keeps running into instead is Dom, an annoying but affable tramp. This film is offbeat, a little peculiar, and quite lovely. Give it a go!
Whatever you choose, enjoy your evening! If you would like, please share some of your own favorite Paris films in the comment section below.
(Leave to a Frenchman to point out the obvious — and the most egregious — omission error !! How can any list of Paris films NOT include Bogart and Bergman … ! We’ll always have Paris … Casablanca of course. Maybe that’s what I’ll choose tonight !!)