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The Girl From Paris (Une hirondelle a fait le printemps) (2002)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 2

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Can a thirtysomething gal from the city find happiness with a goat farm and its aging overseer? Sandrine (Mathilde Seigner) is a computer expert who has successfully pursued a career in business; however, her career path was chosen to please her family more than herself, and Sandrine has decided to move away from the fast pace of city life to rural France. Hoping to put her job skills to work in a new context, Sandrine begins studying agriculture, and arranges to buy a goat farm from Adrien

Dec 7, 2004

Koch Lorber Films

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

... a realistic portrait of rural life.

June 14, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Pokey and maybe a bit too sincere, but it has its own integrity.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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It is a nice character study of two people locked into themselves in different ways, and the slow path they each take to recognize their interdependence.

December 18, 2003
Arizona Republic
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May linger in the mind as a postcard collection of alluring mountain scenery, but there's not much in the way of lingering alpenglow at movie's end.

December 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Slow-moving but utterly delightful.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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What director and cowriter Christian Carion has done with the film is give us a genuine feel for the simple joys, disappointments and mind-numbing routine of rural life.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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It's a small, simple movie, but, by the end, you feel like you've met two people you'd enjoy hanging with.

June 14, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Serrault's got all the appropriate nuances of this old codger down pat. I'm beginning to get the impression that it's who he is.

December 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

excluded me at a basic level from its opening scenes on; when it was over, I felt as though I'd never made it in

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

Carion has concocted a simple story for complex times, one that realistically examines the passing of the torch from a traditionalist to a neophyte

April 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

[Carion] has honestly involving characters, and does not shirk the necessarily rude side of agri-life.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A dance to a post-war ditty shared by old man who misses the daughter he never knew--and a young woman who identifies him as the father of her imagined past.

November 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Seigner and Serrault give sweet, satisfying performances.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Realistically depicts the everyday drama of farm life with vivid, unflinching aplomb.

September 8, 2003 Full Review Source:

Thoughtful screenplay...interpreted in subtle and expert performances

September 4, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's the stuff of formula ... [b]ut director Christian Carion, who co-wrote the film with Eric Assous, manages to keep you interested by gradually shifting the nature of the relationship between the old man and his protege.

July 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Girl From Paris (Une hirondelle a fait le printemps)

[font=Century Gothic]In "The Girl from Paris", Adrien(Michel Serrault) owns and works on an isolated farm and feels that it is time to retire. He sells his farm to Sandrine(Mathilde Seigner), a young Parisian, who after a great deal of thought and a two-year intensive agricultural course, has decided she wants to become a farmer. His sole condition is that he is allowed to stay for eighteen months until his family home in Grenoble is ready to occupy. Not helping matters is Sandrine remodeling part of the farm into a resort.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"The Girl from Paris" is a gentle drama that also works as a feminist parable. Sandrine is a serious young woman who does not make her decisions lightly. Overall, she does a better job than most men would have.(Admittedly, much better than I could have...) [/font] And she seems in no hurry to settle down.

The movie avoids the easy laughs that could have come out of the situation.(What humor there is involves a Volvo...) It is well-photographed with likable characters and good performances but a little predictable.
April 19, 2006
Walter M.

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Cheap nuance of country struggle.Oh,but crowds loved Carion's (utterly dull) Merry Christmas,isn't that a genre delicacy?Seigner is trying,she really does,but I almost feel the overreacting melo at certain points,a thing I carefully avoid in modern films.
July 8, 2009
Dimitris Springer

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