Avenue Montaigne (2006)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2007
Box Office: $1.9M



as Catherine Versen

as Jean-François Lefort

as Jacques Grumberg

as Claudie

as Valerie

as Daniel Bercoff

as Brian Sobinski

as Magali Garrel

as Stage Manager

as Ungaro Sales Assista...

as Madame Roux

as Lavatory Attendant

as Herself

as Makeup Artist

as Catherine's Mother

as Bar Plazza Waiter

as Valentine Lefort

as Werner

as Dresser

as Journalist
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Critic Reviews for Avenue Montaigne

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (35)

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2010

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

Audience Reviews for Avenue Montaigne

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

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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.

Mark Abell
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]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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