Paris Can Wait
Best known as matriarch to a vastly talented filmmaking dynasty, Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford Coppola, triumphantly returns to feature directing with her first film since the incisive production diary doc Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991). A sexy and effervescent travelogue, PARIS CAN WAIT is an intoxicating and joyful road movie through France that follows the midlife renewal of a woman’s independence and sensuality immersed in heavenly vistas, art and architecture, and regional cuisine to die for. The radiant Diane Lane is Anne, a woman in her early 50s who has arrived at a crossroads in her life. Her daughter has gone away to college, and her workaholic, Hollywood producer husband (Alec Baldwin) is chronically absent. When he is once again called away on location, Anne is offered a ride from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business partner Jacques (Arnaud Viard), a seductive bon vivant who clearly has designs on his attractive passenger. A car trip that should take a few hours stretches into a leisurely two-day journey filled with diversions, but will Anne succumb to his charms?
USA, 2016, 92 minutes, In English and French with English Subtitles, Rated PG, Directed by Eleanor Coppola
“A delicious romantic bon bon. Diane Lane is irresistible.”– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
“One of the sexiest and most joyful road movies in some time.”– Jordan Ruimy, THE FILM STAGE
“(An) effervescent new romantic comedy.”– Kelly Vance, EAST BAY EXPRESS
“Impeccably tasteful…a modest, genteel piece of cinematic escapism.”– Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST
“Buoyant and light-hearted. Diane Lane is a pleasure throughout.”– Todd McCarthy, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER