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|Laufzeit:||Approx. 100 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
On a flight to Paris, investment banker Frank (Hans-Werner Meyer) and writer Patrizia (Jessica Schwarz) cross paths. While Frank thinks he can make the deal of a lifetime in France, for Patrizia this flight is probably the hardest part of her life. For her lover Jean-Jaques, with whom the writer imagined a happy future despite his marriage, has been in a coma since a car accident. As quickly as fate has brought the two together, as quickly they go their separate ways again. Patrizia meets her lover's wife Francoise (Sandrine Bonnaire) at her lover's bedside, who initially doesn't want to see her rival close to her husband. But only when she changes her mind and wants to involve Patrizia in the decision as to whether Jean-Jaques should be kept alive artificially, does she threaten to finally lose the ground under her feet. And Frank's high-altitude flight also comes to an abrupt end when the big deal breaks and he suddenly finds himself in front of a heap of rubble, both professionally and privately. In this difficult situation the two so different people meet again…
"Adieu Paris" leaves a somewhat ambivalent impression. On the one hand, the drama can show off great actor performances by Jessica Schwarz, Hans-Werner Meyer or the wonderful Gerard Jugnot and also has some emotionally strong moments to offer. On the other hand, the staging always seems to be pressed into the much too tight corset of an ordinary TV production with all its clichés. If scenes like Patrizia's walk to the place where Jean-Jaques had an accident or their memories of the short, happy time they had together cause goose bumps, other scenes seem extremely cold and inaccessible for the viewer due to the more stilted dialogues.
In addition, the decision to completely synchronize the multilingual film is not a particularly good decision, as so much flair is lost in the scenes set in Paris. Surely, this decision is understandable in a certain way, as small German dramas already have a hard time in the cinema anyway and subtitles can be quite daunting for some viewers. But I'm sure that the audience addressed by a film like this would have been willing to accept it and would have appreciated the resulting authenticity.
The two different storylines work quite well in their own right, but their merging seems a bit stressful. Nevertheless, some dramaturgically strong scenes and the good actors make "Adieu Paris" worth seeing for lovers of German arthouse dramas with TV character. It remains to be seen whether this is absolutely necessary in the cinema. However, a look can be taken for granted with an upcoming TV broadcast.
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