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Monday, February 25, 2013

A LADY IN PARIS

By D.E.Levine

A Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2013 Selection

After the death of her bedridden mother, a mousy Estonian caretaker, Anne (Laine Magi), accepts an assignment from a nursing home to go to Paris and provide live in companionship and care for an elderly Estonian, Frida (Jeanne Moreau).

Picked up at the airport by cafe owner Stephane (Patrick Pineau) and dropped off at an elegant apartment with few instructions except to keep Frida away from the medical cabinet, Anne soon learns that not everything and everyone is as they appear.

Anne evolves in both her interaction with people and her style of dress the longer she stays and explores Paris.  Delving into both the reason that Frida has become a pariah to her Estonian compatriots and the true nature of her relationship with Stephane,

There are no surprises in this pleasant and interesting story directed and co-written by Ilmar Raag.  The real reason to sit through the 1 1/2 hour film is to see Moreau, who has impeccable timing and delivery and steals every scene in which she appears.