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Orchestra Seats [DVD]


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  • Actors: Cecile De France, Valerie Lemercier, Albert Dupontel, Laura Morante, David Thewlis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,136 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French drama about the residents of the theatre district and their dreams of fortune and fame. Seen through the eyes of an impressionable countrygirl waitress in a local café, the lives of the locals appear fantastic and important yet they're all secretly wrapped up in their own private dissatisfactions. A millionaire businessman frets about the impending auctioning off of his precious art collection; a classical pianist is booked six years in advance but longs only for a different gig; a popular TV star dreams only of film success and has a chance with a visiting American film director. Filmed against a breathtakingly quixotic view of Paris and with a soundtrack of Gilbert Bécaud's music, Orchestra Seats is a lighthearted, romantic modern love letter to the city of lovers.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. DONLAN on 6 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
When I first started to watch World Cinema it was the French films that charmed me first, I have watched films from all corners of the world since then however I always enjoy a return to my first (world cinema)love the French films, so this film was a delight as well as a reminder of those earlier days.

This film was France's submission for the 2006 Foreign Language Oscar, however it did not make it through to the final choice, probably because it is a charming rather than a gritty film.

The location for the film is the theatre district of Paris and we get to meet some of the characters that cross paths at a cafe. The film is mainly seen through the eyes of a young woman who has come to Paris full of tales of the luxury life from her grandmother.

Cecile De France plays the character of the young woman at the centre of the film and she lights it up. In her time at the cafe she comes across a frustrated Concert Pianist who wants to give up the grind of the International Circuit, a Millionare Businessman selling off all his possesions with a gold digger and suspicious/jealous son in close proximity and a popular soap star who wants to impress a visiting American director.

We just sit back and watch these characters ups and downs, played out on the gorgeous backdrop of Paris. I loved it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb 2008
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This is a very charming feel-good film - very French too - and gave me a lot of pleasure. It is not a great film, but it makes no attempt to be such ; it is witty, engaging, fresh, very well acted and shot, and a pleasure from start to finish. Jessica, an unpretentious, pretty, good-natured girl with a very attractive gamine quality and a great fondness for her Granny who brought her up, gets a job at a cafe next to a theatre and concert hall. She meets and interacts with an ageing collector, his troubled lecturer son, a manic-depressive actress, the 'concierge' of the concert hall, who is a performer manque, and an international concert pianist. unsure of his future. Their problems are all resolved in one way or another and in the course of this, her life takes a new and welcome turn ; and the film ends very happily with Jessica treating her granny by fulfilling a wish that she always held but was never able to realise. All the performances are good, but particularly Cecile de France in the pivotal role of Jessica. Finally, the film is beautifully paced and structured and there are some wonderful shots of Paris.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Book Wallah on 10 April 2008
Format: DVD
Cecile De France plays Jessica, a new arrival in the capital who works as a waitress in a cafe that adjoins a theatre, a concert hall and a prestigious auction house.

In these venues rehearsals and preparations are underway for three contiguous events: the first night of a production of a Feydeau farce starring a successful soap actress who is seeking artistic fulfilment (Valerie Lemercier), a Beethoven recital by an accomplished pianist who finds the conventions of classical recitals too restrictive (Albert Dupontel) and an ageing art connoisseur's (Claude Brasseur) auction of his entire collection.

All of these artistic souls frequent the cafe and Jessica sallies forth between these interlinking storylines and characters, bringing sweetness and light wherever possible.

Despite having some of the trappings of a romantic comedy this is no Gallicised version of a Richard Curtis film. There are weightier matters at hand: the three principal characters have devoted their lives to art but what lives have they got in return? Lermercier has the choice to continue earning easy money in her soap career or make an artistically fulfilling film about Simone de Beauvoir, Brasseur has to decide whether all the art he has amassed should be transformed into lucre and Dupontel wants to stop playing to reserved high society audiences and bring his music to the masses.

Director Daniele Thompson (who wrote the film with her son Christopher) has obviously been inspired by Robert Altman's multi-character pieces and pulls off her homage with brio.

Lazy reviewers (me included) may find it easy to draw parallels with Amelie (Gamine waitress? Check... Luminous shots of Paris? Check... Romantic issues up in the air? Check...
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. L. Tickner on 13 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
as the ad says - you want to hop on eurostar and go to Paris right away! - Fabulous shots of Paris. Not wholly a flick chic - but no car chases, no violance - just a good quality, witty, clever, sweet? French movie. Each character in the three scenarios having their own stand alone story line and the one character on the sidelines is perfect. shall definately buy to watch again when it comes out on DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Sep 2011
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Why did I buy this DVD? Because I saw it at the cinema and thought it to be quirky enough and moving enough to deserve watching again. It's a feel-good movie that spends most of its time feeling bad.

In a quiet corner of central Paris, on the right bank just up from the Trocadero, stands a theatre, a concert hall, and an auction house. Serving all three is the Bar des Theatres. One evening, the theatre has the opening night of a Feydeau farce, the concert hall has a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto, and the auction house has the sale of a private collection of works of leading modern artists. It's thus a busy night at the Bar des Theatres.

But the bulk of the movie is spent on the days leading up to this one night and the interaction between the Bar and the leading characters of the three establishments. This interaction is expressed mostly through the offices of the Bar's waitress, Jessica, played by Cecile de France. She is a kind of naïve fairy godmother respectively to the leading actress who is worried about her status as `only' a TV star; to the concert pianist who finds his profession spiritually moribund; and to the seller of the art collection, who seeks a modus vivendi with his cynical son. But Jessica herself also has problems of her own to solve, not least where to sleep and how to make ends meet on her meagre resources.

Faultlessly acted by top French actors, augmented by a major cameo by Sydney Pollack playing (more-or-less) himself as an American producer, this is a subtle feel-good movie; touching rather than mawkish, and never in-your-face. It's no laugh-out-loud comedy either, but has its moments of kind and gentle humour.
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