Midnight In Paris

  • Year:2011
  • Rating:PG
  • Director:Woody Allen
  • Cast:Carla Bruni , Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson
  • Release Date:March 07, 2012
  • Distributor:Hopscotch
  • The Film:4.0

“...a delightful tribute to nostalgia and romance.”

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Winning the Best Original Screenplay gong at this year's Academy Awards, as well as boasting impressive box office figures, Woody Allen's adult fantasy Midnight In Paris charmed audiences with its whimsical premise. Owen Wilson plays Gil, a successful Hollywood screenwriter who aspires to become a literary great. Holidaying with his beautiful but shallow wife Inez (Rachel McAdams) and her conservative family in Paris, Gil struggles to find inspiration and enthusiasm for his novel set in a ‘nostalgia store'. But when strolling through Montmarte at night, Gil is transported back to the colourful world of Paris in the 1920's, where creative geniuses such as Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Cole Porter and Picasso rule the streets....and his creative juices start to flow.

Despite its smugness, this enjoyable farce is a success largely due to the setting. Adoringly photographed, much of the film plays out like a love letter to the French capital - but it's also the ironic nature of romanticising a bygone era that resonates. Wilson embodies the nervy, self-doubting (and at times, grating) Woody Allen space suitably, but its Marion Cotillard who gives the most endearing performance as Picasso's long suffering lover, Adriana, injecting pathos and class into the role. Warm, frothy and fun, Midnight In Paris is a delightful tribute to nostalgia and romance.

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