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The Girl From Paris (2002)



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Two stories intertwined into one, The Girl from Paris -- a box-office success in France -- introduces us to Sandrine, a young Parisienne who ditches her computer job to fulfill her lifelong dream of living on a farm. When she finds a farm on the Vercors plateau, she is certain it is where she is meant to be, and exudes great, if misplaced confidence in her ability to run the whole establishment on her own. The film also introduces us to Adrien, the 70-something farmer who decides to sell his farm to Sandrine. Watching her adapt to farm life, he exudes great, if misplaced confidence in her inability to run the whole establishment on her own. In the end, both Sandrine and Adrien discover the error of their assumptions.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Koch Lorber Films


Marc Berman
as Stéphane
Christophe Rossignon
as business farmer
Mathilde Seigner
as Sandrine Dumez
Jean-Paul Roussillon
as Jean Farjon
Éric Rochas
as pig breeder
Paul Courat
as card player
Noël Martin
as priest
Stephane Foenkinos
as Pharoah, the dog
Ramon Bertrand
as card player
Vincent Borel
as dark-haired girl
Stéphane Ittel
as schoolteacher
Mickey Dedaj
as man with walkman
Nathalie Villard
as fair-haired girl
Michel Serrault
as Adrien Rochas
Joël Paparella
as fair-haired boy
Yves Rochas
as pig breeder
Françoise Bette
as Sandrine's mother
Frederic Pierrot
as Gérard Chauvin
Christian Carlon
as man with portable
Joëlle Russin
as Emile, Adrien's wife in photograph
Henri Pasquale
as card player
Bernard Gerland
as card player
Grazziela Horens
as dark-haired girl
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Critic Reviews for The Girl From Paris

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (17)

... a realistic portrait of rural life.

June 14, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Pokey and maybe a bit too sincere, but it has its own integrity.

December 26, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Slow-moving but utterly delightful.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Girl From Paris

Beautiful on-location photography, warm-hearted story line, attractive central character (Mathilde Seigner--a dead ringer for U.S. soccer star pinup model Hope Solo!). I liked this movie. No way does it deserve the 90% critics rating it's somehow received here on RT though. Also the RT synopsis lays it on too thick, to the point of inaccuracy. There's no indication this woman was successful in "the big city" and yet fled to the farm life anyway. We know almost nothing of that city life. The filmmaker's actual intro is better, more visual: The gal is stuck in a traffic jam, sees a sign on the rear end of the bus ahead which extols the scenic beauty of the Rhone-Alps. Her decision to go become a farmer there is apparently very impulsive! It actually goes well but of course there are ups and downs... Blah, blah. Needs more tension, romance, twists and turns.

Hal Morris
Hal Morris

A lovely, well-acted, generally predictable but nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable film. The lead actors all turn in great and understated performances. A wonderful story about building bridges across gender and generational divides. It should be noted that there are two quite graphic scenes of animals being slaughtered that some might find unsettling.

Lee Kirk
Lee Kirk

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.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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