Orchestra Seats

2006, Comedy, 1h 45m

100 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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

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Movie Info

Jessica (Cécile De France), a young woman from the French provinces, arrives in Paris and takes a job as a waitress at a bistro located amid a theater, concert hall and auction house. From this vantage point, she observes the lives of her famous and not-so-famous clientele, including a classical pianist (Albert Dupontel), an art collector (Claude Brasseur) and an actress (Valérie Lemercier).

Cast & Crew

Valérie Lemercier
Catherine Versen
Albert Dupontel
Jean-François Lefort
Claude Brasseur
Jacques Grumberg
Dani
Claudie
Christopher Thompson
Frédéric Grumberg
Laura Morante
Valentine Lefort
Sydney Pollack
Brian Sobinski
Suzanne Flon
Madame Roux
Nicola Piovani
Original Music
Jean-Marc Fabre
Cinematographer
Sylvie Landra
Film Editor
Michèle Abbé-Vannier
Production Design
Catherine Leterrier
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Orchestra Seats

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (26)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A film that seeks to amble it way towards resolution and which offers a few insights and smiles along the way.

    April 20, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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 | Rating: B
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A film that seeks to amble it way towards resolution and which offers a few insights and smiles along the way.

    April 20, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • Thompson's simplistic argument about wealth and poverty doesn't exactly inspire strong emotions, despite some well-crafted filmmaking and an urban prettiness reminiscent of Woody Allen's honey-dripping Manhattan locales.

    January 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Because the movie -- bright as a postcard and flooded with music ranging from richest Beethoven to bittersweet ballads -- is enchanting at its core, the creaky plot doesn't matter that much.

    October 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orchestra Seats

  • Feb 16, 2009
    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 A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2008
    [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
  • Dec 13, 2007
    This film's sweet and I liked getting into the heads of all the characters, well the main ones anyway.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2007
    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 L Super Reviewer

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