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The Girl From Paris (2002)



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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 (Michel Serrault), an elderly farmer who is nearing retirement. Adrien will spend another year and a half at the farm in order to insure a smooth transition to Sandrine's management, but his attitude toward her speaks less of gratitude than resentment; he isn't eager to show her the workings of the farm he helped to build, and his behavior is more than a bit hostile. Using her computer skills, Sandrine creates a website that generates a whole new market for the goat cheese and fruit preserves the farm generates, which helps her win Adrien's grudging respect, and when Adrien falls ill and it looks possible he may not live out his final stay on the farm, he begins to open up to her, sharing all he knows about the farm, and a new level of admiration and trust grows between them. Une Hirondelle a Fait Le Printemps was the first feature film from writer and director Christian Carion.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Christian Carion, Eric Assous
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 7, 2004
Koch Lorber Films


Marc Berman
as Stéphane
Christophe Rossignon
as business farmer
Mathilde Seigner
as Sandrine Dumez
??ric Rochas
as pig breeder
Paul Courat
as card player
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...
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 (48) | Top Critics (18)

... 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.

Full Review… | 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


[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.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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