Anne (Diane Lane – Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Inside Out), the wife of successful movie producer Michael (Alec Baldwin – The Boss Baby, Blue Jasmine), takes a slow road trip from the south of France to Paris with one of her husband’s associates, Jacques (Arnaud Viard).
Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) is a great insight into the tourist and food places of France, but the story tends to meander, much like the roads taken as Anne and Jacques drive. This, while informative, does feel more like a tourism commercial, than a plot with story.
While funny in several areas, the focus does tend to be on the characters and food, with a side story of the stagnation of Michael and Anne’s marriage, and his focus being too much on the mundane and repetitive of his work.
While touted as mainstream commercial, it seems Paris Can Wait would be more suited for an arts circuit, where an audience would seek a film such as this, rather than gamble on one, from the perspective of an audience more used to computer effects than monologue.
Paris Can Wait is directed by Eleanor Coppola, making her narrative feature debut at the age of 80.
An interesting film, but likely with limited appeal. It will certainly inform, but might just miss the mark when asked to entertain.
Paris Can Wait opens 30 June 2017 in South African cinemas.