Kitsch, twee and like Wes Anderson threw up on a fondant fancy. When Young Canadian Fiona (Fiona Gordon) sees her beloved aunt Martha (Emmanuelle Riva) goes off to live in Paris, as she wants to make her later life more pleasant. Now Fiona is a librarian whose life is slow and dull, stuck in a snowy village. She receives a letter from her aunt that seems unsettling. So off she goes to Paris, looking for her aunt but ends up meeting a dancing homeless man ( Abel) and falling in the Seine in Paris.
Well I was going to say that what would you get if Wes Anderson, Jacques Tati and the colour palette of Peppa pig mixed together. It would be the film Lost In Paris. A sweet, soulful, slapstick comedy. Filled with absurdity, oddity and little sprinkles of quirky in jokes. Taking much of its comical inspiration from Jacques Tati (so obviously that it even homages his and the great silent film actors in its very clever restaurant dance scene.) This allows for the film to transcend, like Tatis work, place, time and importantly language.
The film also deserves at least the passing interest of anyone who loves Wes Anderson use of the visual language and mise en scene. Colour, depth of field, frame and importantly what is excluded is paramount to the films skill in making the laugh extend, the emotion carry and the narrative drive. Anderson understands how comedy can be derived from this absurdity and so it seems does the makers of the frankly great Lost In Paris.
The Blu looks great but that’s to be expected. However the discs extra of real note for me was Abel & Gordon and the short films. Both prove a very valid point. That the film makers know cinema and mores the point, how to use it to tell a story well…
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray Presentation
- Original 5.1 surround sound
- Optional English subtitles
- Abel & Gordon and the Quest for Burlesque a video essay by Variety film critic Peter Debruge
- Walking on the Wild Side, The Tent two short films by Abel & Gordon
- Theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film, and a note from the directors