Lost in Paris (Paris Pieds Nus)

Certificate 12A

(2016) 83 mins

Director: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Writer: Dominique Abel
Cinematography: Claire Childeric, Jean-Christophe Leforestier
Production Design: Nicolas Girault


Fiona (Fiona Gordon) is a small-town Canadian librarian.  When her orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Emmanuelle Riva), who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom (Dominique Abel), the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone. Replete with the amazing antics and intricately choreographed slapstick that has come to define Abel and Gordon’s work, Lost in Paris is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.

In French and English with some subtitles


The storyline is a mere pretext for the sorts of sight gags, brilliantly timed pranks and pratfalls and physical comedy that depend entirely on timing and far-fetched coincidences that haven’t been so heavily deployed since the days of Tati more than a half-century ago, and by the silent comics before that.  It may be a specialist’s rarified sort of work now, but Gordon and Abel really know what they’re doing. It’s gentle and admittedly closer to a divertissement than a full-course comic meal. But no one else is doing anything like this at the moment.”  Hollywood Reporter

Lost in Paris [is] a deliriously funny, continuously inventive, slapstick extravaganza that Buster Keaton fans will devour with relish. The laughs and whimsy never end in this visually resplendent production. One of the year’s zany best.”  Huffington Post

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