A movie about a lost tourist, a homeless man and an elderly woman suffering from what seems like early onset dementia doesn’t sound like a comedy you’d expect to fall in love with, does it?
Lost In Paris tells the story of Fiona (Fiona Gordon), a librarian who has spent her entire life in a small, snowy rural Canadian town. When Fiona was a child, she admired her Aunt Martha’s courage for leaving their simple life in search of the bright lights of Paris to become a dancer.
Years laters, Fiona receives a distress signal in the form of a handwritten letter from her 88-year-old Aunt.
Aunt Martha needs her help urgently, the Parisians are looking to put her into a home for old people and she is not ready to go down without a fight.
When Fiona arrives in Paris, things start going from bad to worse in a short period of time. Her Aunt has gone AWOL in her attempts to evade capture and Fiona lost all of her belongings to the Sienne river and now has nowhere to go.
Fiona’s clumsy misadventures introduce us to another main character, Dom, a homeless man with tonnes of charisma and charm. At first, Fiona finds Dom annoying, but in this unfamiliar city, this may be the only companionship on offer, and she needs all the help she can get.
Aunt Martha (played by Academy Award® nominee Emmanuelle Riva who passed away, January 2017 aged 89) is a full-of-life character guaranteed to bring a smile to any viewers face. In all of her scenes, she carried such a vibrant liveliness, full of joy with a mischievous child-like energy. As well laughing at Aunt Martha trying to evade the nursing home employees, we are also aware of her vulnerability. This is a great strength from the filmmakers to show the seriousness of this condition while at the same time keeping the overall tone lighthearted.
Actress Emmanuelle Riva looked like she was having the time of her life in the role of Martha.
Lost In Paris is a strikingly original offbeat, deadpan comedy from Burlesque duo Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon. Shot in beautiful Paris, full of amazing characters and using the wonderful city and surroundings to play just as a big as part in the movie as the actors. Mixing deadpan humour with classic slapstick comedy to create something new and original. Lost In Paris is a film I think needs to be seen by all.
Lost In Paris Opens This Friday Via Oscilloscope Laboratories