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Many surprises are no longer in store for the cattle breeders Brigitte (Isabelle Huppert) and Xavier (Jean-Pierre Darroussin). Since the children have left the house, an unagitated routine has spread in the couple's everyday life. The two seem to take for granted that their passion is also somewhat extinguished in the process. But when Brigitte meets the young Stan (Pio Marmai) from Paris at a party in the neighbouring house and a flirt develops between the two, the long-forgotten longings awaken in her. Spontaneously she decides to travel to Paris for two days under a pretext to see Stan there again. Although the meeting doesn't go as planned, the secret self-discovery trip turns into a thrilling adventure when Brigitte meets the Danish businessman Jesper (Michael Nyqvist), whose charm she quickly succumbs to. What she doesn't suspect is that Xavier has long since found out about her and followed her to Paris…
The desire to break out of the daily grind, to experience new passions and simply to feel sought-after again, these are topics she likes to use in books and films because many readers and viewers feel addressed by them. Because many feel trapped in their personal daily routine and enjoy it when they can at least let their imagination run free while reading or in the cinema. "Sehnsucht nach Paris" (Longing for Paris) strikes exactly into this notch, but does not succeed in capturing any new facets from the theme. Marc Fitoussi has staged a very unagitated, charming film that doesn't really hurt anyone and will surely please lovers of light French cinema fare. But at the same time he also missed the chance to give the story a depth that would have better corresponded to the talent of his outstanding actors.
Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Pierre Darroussin sell themselves just as well below the value of Michael Nyqvist, known from the Stieg Larsson adaptations. They all make more than solid representations, no question. But somehow you always get the feeling that they are slowed down by the very surprisingly low screenplay. In the second half of the film in particular, this means that the actors and the characters they embody are pushed into the background by the beautiful shots of the City of Love. This is an excellent advertising film for Paris, but it is simply too little for a feature film.
What must be said to benefit the film, however, is that "Longing for Paris" never tries to be more than it is at the end. Sure, there would have been potential for more. But this plays only a minor role in the very relaxed, unagitated staging. Marc Fitoussi primarily wants to offer light entertainment, which tells a nice story in beautiful pictures and in which many viewers can find themselves. And since he succeeded in doing so well in the end, there is still a satisfied one at the end, especially for lovers of light art house entertainment from France, despite the aforementioned weaknesses: Worth seeing!
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