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Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats) (2006)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 97
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 25

A cute and bubbly French comedy that carries no deeper lessons or agendas than to have a little fun for 90 minutes.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 3

A cute and bubbly French comedy that carries no deeper lessons or agendas than to have a little fun for 90 minutes.



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A fresh-faced orphan from the provinces labors away at the last old-fashioned café on Avenue Montaigne as the Paris theater elite prepare for the biggest night of the year in Jet Lag director Danièle Thompson's whirlwind comedy of intersecting lives. Jessica (Cécile De France) may have been orphaned at the tender age of four, but her doting grandmother (Suzanne Flon) did her best to bring the motherless girl up right. A one-time ladies' room attendant at The Ritz, Jessica's grandmother was a

Jul 17, 2007



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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (25) | DVD (6)

A film that seeks to amble it way towards resolution and which offers a few insights and smiles along the way.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Even if this fine French meal isn't as rich or feels a little less than it might have been, it's still delightful to sit through, course after winning course.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The movie is as airy as a spun-sugar dessert, but Thompson's observations on the artistic life are both affectionate and knowing: Beauty and wealth, though inevitably compelling, are appreciated as means to humane ends, not goals in themselves.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Watching the charming Avenue Montaigne makes you realize not only how much we miss when mainstream French films are not on the movie menu, but how much we miss when American studios define 'romantic comedy' so strictly.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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It's one of those 'what's-not-to-like' movies, a fantasy about life and Paris that passes painlessly, a trifle elevated by its Parisian settings and our desire to lose ourselves in them.

April 1, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Avenue Montaigne is a bon-bon for culture tourists.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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If you think about it, you'll realize how flimsy-and even lazy-it is; if not, you'll likely give in to its airy charms.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Life and Art come together in Avenue Montaigne, a charming and accessible French export. Not too fluffy, not too deep %u2014 just right.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

A light, frothy, intoxicating romantic comedy.

January 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Filled with sentimentality, pretensions, unfulfilled ambitions and a host of dull characters faced with life threatening problems that verge on the ludicrous.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Una comedia simpática y pintoresca, si bien peca de algo de ingenuidad, cierta superficialidad dramática y una indefinición de tono que le quitan interés y credibilidad.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

a frothy confection that, much like its characters, often seems at odds with its own ambitions.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source:

Daniele and Christopher Thomson's marvellously crafted script brings all the characters to life as they struggle to shake the worlds in which they live

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

There are French movies that are clearly made with a French audience in mind, and there are other French movies that have a non-French audience in mind. Daniele Thompson's "Avenue Montaigne" seems to be aimed at a third, highly-specialized audience; peopl

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

While AVENUE MONTAIGNE is something of a trifle (which makes it easy to understand why it did not garner an Oscar nomination when there were far more deserving features), it still is a pleasant and enjoyable movie.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Something like 'Love Actually,' in Gallic.

May 4, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This is one of the wonders of Paris, I imagine, or at least of being rich in Paris: Even your misery plays like a fairy tale. In Avenue Montaigne, miserable souls are as common as raindrops, and each one is a portrait of privileged existentialism.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

You know where to find "Avenue Montaigne." It's in Paris, near the intersection of Sappy Circle and Derivative Drive.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

A warm-hearted French confection, the sort of breezy, lightly sophisticated boulevard comedy that was once plentiful in Gallic cinema, and makes a happy comeback here.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

While this sort of thing can easily devolve into bourgeois comfort food, Thompson, a veteran of the genre, knows how to serve it up just about right.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Outside of some lovely encounters between Jessica and her beloved grandmother, the film seems mostly obvious and two-dimensional. And with subtitles.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Director Danièle Thompson tries vainly to make a larger point, but the thin effervescence of the film bubbles away any such attempts.

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Though the picture's like a souffle that occasionally goes soggy, for the most part it's a tasty treat.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Audience Reviews for Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats)

I was pretty bored through this one. Seemed like a bunch of stuff was happening and I didn't really care all that much.
October 18, 2008
Curtis Lilly

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Sweet tale of a young woman who moves to Paris, takes a job in a restaurant, and becomes involved in the lives of several local celebrities. Each of the characters are facing decisions regarding the future and the tale revolves around how each of them deals with his or her personal crisis. None of the world's problems are solved, but as an afternoon's light entertainment, this film is quite satisfying. A few questions linger as to motivation in a couple of cases, but not enough to detract from the sweetness of the story. A solid cast and a light hand at the helm by director Danielle Thompson. And Paris, ah, always beautiful.
February 16, 2009
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Avenue Montaigne," inspired by her grandmother who raised her, Jessica(Cecile De France) ventures forth from her native Macon to Paris. At first, she is unable to get a job but persuades the manager of Bar du Theatres, Marcel(Francois Rollin), that she would make a good waitress. It also helps that he is short two workers and that there is a triple event happening in the neighborhood coming up on the 17th involving a concert, an auction and an opening night for a play. The concert is to be given by Jean-Francois Lefort(Albert Dupontel), a virtuoso pianist. A wealthy collector, Jacques Grumberg(Claude Brasseur), is auctioning off his entire collection. And a soap opera star, Catherine Versen(Valerie Lemercier), is acting in a play to prove she can be a serious actress.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Avenue Montaigne" is a tiresome and uninspired movie set in the art world about a group of people who are making transititions in their lives. Odd as it may sound, Sydney Pollack gives an unconvincing performance as a film director. The movie only looks at art through the prism of fame and money, not talent, promulgating a class system where the unlucky majority is meant to serve the lucky few. Despite that, the movie does have a sound premise which could have worked if it had not been stated out loud in the opening minutes and if more emphasis had been on the rehearsals and less on the soap opera, especially if Jessica had just been relegated to the background, not the foreground.(Even then, she is only confined to one small part of a very large city which is portrayed only in picture postcard cliches.) [/font]
February 16, 2008
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Fr. dramedy is cute enough to stay afloat, heavy enough to remain grounded.
April 24, 2007

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