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Girl From Paris [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00063MCXO
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Just go for it, you wont regret it. The plot is quite simple, but the way it is told - is simply delightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice French drama 14 Jan. 2009
By Take a Moment - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a nice movie in French with subtitles. The actors are good. Story is interesting, believable and well-filmed. It's not too heavy but not fluff either. The story follows the main character's brave decision to try a new path in life. It's not novel French film-making like the movie hit Amelie (which was also enjoyable), but it is more of a simple human story with nice moments. I decided to purchase it because I thought I'd probably like to watch it again and share it with friends in the future. I think it's good if you are in the age group of the main character to relate to. It also may make you want to see the French countryside.
4.0 out of 5 stars so it really is better to ignore the topic than to fuel the bitterness ... 14 May 2016
By Captain Faris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Girl from Paris does what literature does, it provides vicarious experiences from someone else's life that can be added to one's own experiences to generate insights into the human condition. Or, less pompously stated, I learned a lot about life from this movie because it illustrated some of the unintended consequences of the choices people make.

I concur with as well as disagree with many of the previous reviews of this movie. It offers a realistic view of rural French life, combining the beauty and the hardships that can be found there. It shocks city folks with the reality of managing and slaughtering livestock, but I believe everyone ought to be educated about this reality--although fair warning should be given.

Most reviews ignore the elephants in the room: gender roles, sexual tension, the value of morality and the nature of commitment.

Regarding gender roles, the story line is based on the wisdom or appropriateness of a single woman pursuing a career as a solitary farmer. This is a sensitive subject but modern society's failure to resolve this in an acceptable way is why it ought to be discussed further. Well, I agree that most discussion is just the sharing of stereotypes and prejudices, so it really is better to ignore the topic than to fuel the bitterness that still persists even among some of my friends. I'll just say that I personally think anyone should be free to pursue any career they wish--yet they ought to take into account gender issues that accompany that career. So many people make unwise career choices already that picking on women for their choices is just plain hypocritical.

Sexual tension is the subplot for this movie. Men, especially chauvinistic men, will think inappropriate thoughts about women, whether at work or in the community. Political correctness today suggests that men should just stop it and that women shouldn't be forced to take this fact of life into account. This discussion isn't resolved by refusing to talk about it. The movie is full of scenes where this is a key part of the plot and the action. And, I think, just like in our own lives the characters make poor decisions because they refuse to think and talk about these issues.

Morality and immorality have consequences, regardless of which standard each of us subscribes to. Some of the unrealistic and even unbelievable parts of this movie stem from the refusal to think and act in moral or ethical terms. In real life, there would be different consequences from these decisions. The movie stimulates the viewers to think about these issues; reviews ought to be able to discuss those issues. I don't dislike this movie for glossing over them, it actually doesn't. It leaves them for the viewers to pick up or not, as they prefer. But sex outside of marriage is a moral issue and the wisdom or foolishness behind such choices is an important agenda item for families and individuals to address as part of "growing up". Most movies today do the same thing this movie did; they ignore the subject while portraying a very clear set of life choices that reflect a specific set of moral values. In other words, this movie and most movies imply that sexual activity is an acceptable option outside of marriage. Viewers, on the other hand, respond with their own perspectives; so why can't this be discussed in reviews? I personally think that the characters made their lives more complicated and ultimately more unpleasant because of the moral choices they made.

Finally, the concept of commitment was a key aspect of the plot. Do career choices come with a contractual or implied level of commitment? The farmers in the movie who were all approaching retirement did talk about their desire for finding the right kind of person to buy their farms. Skills and personality are obviously part of the "right stuff". But commitment is really the foundation for a successful farming career. The subplot of marital commitment just adds a second prompt for a discussion of the value of commitment in today's society. This movie addresses this question but only vaguely or imprecisely suggests an answer. Viewers are free to decide what direction they think the story should go (for the sequel).

Besides these four elephants in the room (the topics of gender roles, sexual tension, morality and commitment), I think the movie hovers around the topic of mentoring. Young prospective farmers have a two year training course available to them, but what about the next 5 or 10 years? The seller of a farm is the obvious best choice for a mentor. Real life business owners routinely sell out with a contractual arrangement to mentor or work together for a period of time. The wisdom of talking about this need and even putting it into the contract never came up in the movie--yet the old farmer clearly thought and said that he could or should teach the young woman the "rest of the story" as far as farming in remote and wintry France goes. He even forced that kind of relationship to emerge, albeit with mixed and unclear motivations and goals. So I think reviews ought to reflect a little on this aspect of the movie. Mentoring is complicated and very often bungled. Discussing it and the choices made in this example (this movie) would help many people "learn" about and hopefully practice mentoring with greater insight.

As for myself, I enjoyed the movie. I'm retired and I wish I had watched the movie with my young friends and people I would like to mentor. I've made some of the same mistakes (though not quite as unethically). Without all this analysis, the movie is a good one for everyone to watch, except for those not "ready" for animal slaughter directly in front of their faces (two or three minutes of the film contain graphic scenes). I've slaughtered animals myself, so I don't think the issue of animal cruelty even comes up in this movie. Yet younger generations appear to have formed a consensus that they will carefully and collectively ignore where meat comes from and just enjoy their tri-tips and lamb stews.

Four stars, because intellectual stimulation isn't the highest form of cinematic art. The plot and screenplay is more like a documentary than a drama. To reiterate, everyone should see "The Girl from Paris"; but not everyone will enjoy it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Charming Film, Just the Right Balance of Reality 14 Nov. 2006
By Erika Borsos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
French films always intrigue me for many reasons but mostly because they are so ... very French! They do not shy away from expressing, exploring deeply felt emotions caused by subterranean undercurrents of unresolved conflicts. These are associated with past events or experiences that shade the main theme or plot providing with a wholly new perspective where there is a revelation, an "ah ha" moment by the end of the film. Also, the characters typically have vibrant and dynamic personalities. As in this film, the viewer is captivated by the people and situations. One becomes a friend and participant, a confidante personally connected with the plots and intrigues. This film is a pleasure to view both from an aesthetic and artistic perspective, first there is the spectacular scenery of the the Rhone Mountains (Vercors) and valleys, the French Alps that unfold before one's eyes but also there is a satisfying story which gradually grows to reveal what is truly present in the human heart.

The viewer is introduced to Sandrine Dumez, a computer instructor who is tired of the pressures of the business world. She needs space and air. She wants to return to a more natural way of life and has enrolled in a school of agriculture and animal husbandry with plans to own and operate a farm. There is a very realistic discussion between mother and daughter which transforms into a conflict when Sandrine drops this 'bomb' on her mother. Another great scene is where the agricultural professor states, if you think you can play the guitar and run a farm, you had better enroll in another school. He makes it clear, farming is hard work and no place for dreamers ...

The head of the agricultural school takes Sandrine to a farm in the Rhone, where an elderly farmer is selling his property, animals and buildings but due to his irascible nature, has had difficulty with students from the school in the past. Michel Serreault plays Adrienn Rochas, the elderly eccentric farmer, whose wife had died 10 years before. He had experienced many long harsh winters in the region and overcome many disasters and personal tragedies all of which are associated with the land and the region. They come to a decision and agree on a selling price, Adrienn will continue to live in the house for another year and half and will retain the orchards as his own. Sandrine proves she is knowledgable by asking the right questions, such as how many gallons of goat milk or yield is there for 70 goats and what is the income from an operations standpoint. Adrienn had dismissed a previous potential buyer when he referred to himself as an "Operations Manager". He derisively commented, 'everyone wants to be a manager, no one wants to work anymore.'

Adrienn has an elderly farmer friend, Jean Farjon who often visits, along with is dog. There are many amusing scenes in which these two old pals discuss Sandrine both her physical attractiveness, along with her farming skills. They debate the liklihood of her succeeding at this huge endeavor, a female alone in the Rhone Mountains, running a farm. To everyone's surprise: Sandrine renovates one of the farm buildings, making it into a hotel which she calls "Balconies of the Sky". She sells her goat cheese on the internet and provides tours to groups of young children who arrive via school bus ...

Unexpectedly, Adrienn is hospitalized in nearby Grenoble with heart disease. To his disappointment, Sandrine does not visit him in the hospital. Adrienn's initial misgivings about Sandrine and her abilities are giving way to a reluctant admiration for her talents and success. When her boyfriend from Pais visits and stays overnight, Adrienn becomes jealous. There are some terrific intrigues and plots which Adrienn hatches to force Sandrine to seek his help and depend on him. Their relationship takes a new turn as they share personal information which strengthens their bonds of friendship. Something occurs which nearly severs these newly forged links of closeness ... Severine takes a break from farming and returns to Paris. There she rethinks her decision to run the farm alone ... When she returns to the farm in the Vercors Mountains, her love of the land and her respect and friendship with Adrienn is renewed but on a deeper more complex, tested level. An unexpected but very real life event which touches both of them personally, makes them see their differences in a new light. It helps them reconnect and strengthens their bonds of friendship and respect taking it to a more heart-felt level. Erika Borsos (pepper flower)
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Swallow A Makes Spring?" An Admirable First Feature Film 17 Jun. 2005
By Sheila Chilcote-Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
OK, OK... So The French title doesn't translate well but the rest of the movie sure enough does!!!

Computer programmer and teacher, Sandrine, played by Mathilde Seigner of "Venus Beauty Institute", a 30 year old Parisienne, decides to leave the city and make her odd, albeit lifelong dream come true-to become a farmer. Adrien, aptly played by a very familiar yet aged Michel Serrault from such films as Diabolique & La Cage Aux Folles I & II is an old and crusty goat farmer who half-heartedly agrees to sell his land before his quickly approaching retirement days. Since Adrien hasn't anywhere to live for the next 12 months, Sandrine agrees to let Adrien stay on in his homestead farmhouse for an extra year.

With her boundless energy, Sandrine takes over the farm and begins implementing her own innovations and city ways. Sandrine succeeds where Adrien was sure she would fail; she earns a good living in the spring and summer by opening up the farm, making a bed and breakfast called " Balconies Of The Sky" out of remodled barns to tourists, elementary school field trips & overnight guests and by selling her goat cheese over the internet.

However, the quickly approaching winter changes tide and time and brings with it very conflicting emotions between the characters of Adrien and Sandrine. Sandrine faces the harsh isolation of the Rhone-Alps, but an odd but growing attachment to the ailing Adrien are unexpected complications. Between curiosity and misunderstandings, Sandrine and Adrien live side by side when the only thing they can truly share without letting each other know their true and genuine feelings for one another, is their intense love for the mountains, God's creatures and the beautiful and harsh Mother Nature.

Nominated for 2 Cesar Awards in France, including Best First Feature Film, The Girl From Paris was a box office smash, grossing over $12 million US dollars. The directorial debut of Christian Carion, the film powerfully evokes the spectacular Rhone Alps, the beauty, simplicity and hardships of farm life, taking chances and dealing with necessary sacrifices, the ever present conflict between city and rural, past and present, and the neverending cycles of nature, death, birth and life.

Highly recommended!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real "Simple Life" and a charming one it is 30 Jan. 2005
By Maggie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In a review for "Shower," a wonderful Chinese movie, amazon.com reviewer J. Chin wrote, "We make our lives complicated in hopes that we can concoct contentment within ourselves and in our lives. Then we become dependent on the technology we created and wonder why we feel tired/stressed/rushed all the time. 'Shower' is a movie that made me wonder if seduction works in reverse - if the modern man can be seduced by a 'kinder, more simple' lifestyle."

The reason I reference "Shower" is because "The Girl from Paris" seduces you in much the same way. Sandrine is a young Parisienne making a pretty good living working in the computer field. Despite having, as her mother points out, a good job, a nice apartment, and a man, Sandrine feels stifled and unfulfilled with her job and her life. She decides to give up her technology job and signs up for a 2 year agricultural course. As part of the course, she lives and works on a farm. Little House on the Prairie it's not. One of her first tasks is to help drain the blood from a cow's head after it's been shot. She keeps going nonetheless and after the 2 years, she decides to buy a farm of her own.

Adrien is an old widower who lives alone on his isolated family farm. His only friend and visitor is his old friend Jean. Adrien decides to sell his farm to Sandrine so that he can go live with his nephew in another town, but he wants to stay on the farm for another year before he leaves his lifelong home forever.

If this were a cop show, Adrien would be the archetypal experienced, world-weary partner - as played to perfection by the likes of Dennis Franz and Jerry Orbach - to Sandrine's naive, wide-eyed rookie. (Jean is the comic relief.) In many ways, the relationship between Adrien and Sandrine follows that stereotypical mentor-rookie relationship, but as played by Michel Serrault and Mathilde Seigner it's more familiar and universal than prosaic and stale. Those words only have a subtle difference, and same goes with the movie. "The Girl from Paris" is about the subtleties of life - waking up to fresh air and open space, taking care of living goats instead of machines, and passing on these diminishing but important values to the next generation.

As much as you want to embrace the simpler life, it's not always a simple choice. Even earnest Sandrine begins to doubt her choices during the long, cold, lonely winter on the isolated hilltop. Whether she chooses to stay is for you to discover.

This is not a difficult movie to watch; in fact, it's quite beautiful. The farm they filmed on was perfect, set atop a magisterial hill with breathtaking views of the Rhone Valley. It really is Sandrine's "balcony of the sky." Any Francophile would love this movie, but it has a bucolic charm that appeals to the overworked, overstressed person in all of us, from college students to CEO's. Have a glass of wine and pop in this movie. It's utterly charming and calming. Let yourself be seduced by the French countryside and its offerings. The character of Jean will positively steal your heart and so will this movie.
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