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The Girl From Paris (2001)

Marc Berman , Ramon Bertrand  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marc Berman, Ramon Bertrand, Françoise Bette, Vincent Borei, Roland Chalosse
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00063MCXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Girl From Paris" on IMDb

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
OK, OK... So The French title doesn't translate well but the rest of the movie sure enough does!!!

Computer programmer and teacher, Sandrine, played by Mathilde Seigner of "Venus Beauty Institute", a 30 year old Parisienne, decides to leave the city and make her odd, albeit lifelong dream come true-to become a farmer. Adrien, aptly played by a very familiar yet aged Michel Serrault from such films as Diabolique & La Cage Aux Folles I & II is an old and crusty goat farmer who half-heartedly agrees to sell his land before his quickly approaching retirement days. Since Adrien hasn't anywhere to live for the next 12 months, Sandrine agrees to let Adrien stay on in his homestead farmhouse for an extra year.

With her boundless energy, Sandrine takes over the farm and begins implementing her own innovations and city ways. Sandrine succeeds where Adrien was sure she would fail; she earns a good living in the spring and summer by opening up the farm, making a bed and breakfast called " Balconies Of The Sky" out of remodled barns to tourists, elementary school field trips & overnight guests and by selling her goat cheese over the internet.

However, the quickly approaching winter changes tide and time and brings with it very conflicting emotions between the characters of Adrien and Sandrine. Sandrine faces the harsh isolation of the Rhone-Alps, but an odd but growing attachment to the ailing Adrien are unexpected complications. Between curiosity and misunderstandings, Sandrine and Adrien live side by side when the only thing they can truly share without letting each other know their true and genuine feelings for one another, is their intense love for the mountains, God's creatures and the beautiful and harsh Mother Nature.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real "Simple Life" and a charming one it is January 29, 2005
By Maggie
In a review for "Shower," a wonderful Chinese movie, reviewer J. Chin wrote, "We make our lives complicated in hopes that we can concoct contentment within ourselves and in our lives. Then we become dependent on the technology we created and wonder why we feel tired/stressed/rushed all the time. 'Shower' is a movie that made me wonder if seduction works in reverse - if the modern man can be seduced by a 'kinder, more simple' lifestyle."

The reason I reference "Shower" is because "The Girl from Paris" seduces you in much the same way. Sandrine is a young Parisienne making a pretty good living working in the computer field. Despite having, as her mother points out, a good job, a nice apartment, and a man, Sandrine feels stifled and unfulfilled with her job and her life. She decides to give up her technology job and signs up for a 2 year agricultural course. As part of the course, she lives and works on a farm. Little House on the Prairie it's not. One of her first tasks is to help drain the blood from a cow's head after it's been shot. She keeps going nonetheless and after the 2 years, she decides to buy a farm of her own.

Adrien is an old widower who lives alone on his isolated family farm. His only friend and visitor is his old friend Jean. Adrien decides to sell his farm to Sandrine so that he can go live with his nephew in another town, but he wants to stay on the farm for another year before he leaves his lifelong home forever.

If this were a cop show, Adrien would be the archetypal experienced, world-weary partner - as played to perfection by the likes of Dennis Franz and Jerry Orbach - to Sandrine's naive, wide-eyed rookie. (Jean is the comic relief.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At the End of the day . . Goat Cheese! July 29, 2005
Mathilde Seigner is charming to watch, She has a presence, a substantial yet sensual young woman who shows her mettle in her choice to move to a farm and try to accomplish her dream. I can't imagine this film being made in Hollywood. It has a simplicity, and gets is point across very eloquently.

The goats must be milked twice a day, and whatever else you may want to do, you must be there to take care of the goats. That is probably the metaphor for this film . . . that when you go after your dream, there are lots of demands on your time and on your emotions that you may not have realized when you started your quest. But at the end of the day, you get cheese!

A good, worthwhile movie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
French films always intrigue me for many reasons but mostly because they are so ... very French! They do not shy away from expressing, exploring deeply felt emotions caused by subterranean undercurrents of unresolved conflicts. These are associated with past events or experiences that shade the main theme or plot providing with a wholly new perspective where there is a revelation, an "ah ha" moment by the end of the film. Also, the characters typically have vibrant and dynamic personalities. As in this film, the viewer is captivated by the people and situations. One becomes a friend and participant, a confidante personally connected with the plots and intrigues. This film is a pleasure to view both from an aesthetic and artistic perspective, first there is the spectacular scenery of the the Rhone Mountains (Vercors) and valleys, the French Alps that unfold before one's eyes but also there is a satisfying story which gradually grows to reveal what is truly present in the human heart.

The viewer is introduced to Sandrine Dumez, a computer instructor who is tired of the pressures of the business world. She needs space and air. She wants to return to a more natural way of life and has enrolled in a school of agriculture and animal husbandry with plans to own and operate a farm. There is a very realistic discussion between mother and daughter which transforms into a conflict when Sandrine drops this 'bomb' on her mother. Another great scene is where the agricultural professor states, if you think you can play the guitar and run a farm, you had better enroll in another school. He makes it clear, farming is hard work and no place for dreamers ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it a lot!!
Published 18 days ago by Jerry D. Airheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this film, beautiful scenery, great acting.
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Harlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Such is life on the farm everywhere,
Slaughtering animals is a part or was a part of life on every farm.You rarely see it so intimately .
Meat does not come in plastic wrapped packages.So be warned. Read more
Published 8 months ago by liberty man
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL
Published 19 months ago by Violet VisionsPhyllis von Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars very good film
i really enjoyed this foray into the Neo-rural life. great cinematography, acting and depiction of animals. we watched for a class but i would watch it again anyway. Read more
Published 23 months ago by jane doe
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
A graceful, poetic, deeply moving film about a friendship that emerges between two improbable partners trying to deal with the rigors of peasant life. Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by Michael Bess
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely disturbing ....
This is one of the most disturbing movies I've seen in the past 20 years. The abject cruelty shown to animals in the movie is inexcusable and the movie is very inappropriately... Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by zendog57
5.0 out of 5 stars So you want to be a farmer.
This is an interesting story of a girl who is tired of working in the rat race, and is looking for a more challenging career. Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by Steven Bolinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful film
I absolutely loved this film. The scenery was breath taking, the acting superb, the story touching,and inspiring. Read more
Published on April 16, 2010 by Fran W.
3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE ! Scenes of Animal Slaughter !
I loved this movie but please Beware....there are horrible scenes of animal slaughter that I found so disturbing I am going back to being a vegetarian ! Read more
Published on March 20, 2010 by J. J. Suhr
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