From the moment I heard about this movie, I knew that it was my kind of film – an escape into the beautiful scenery of Provence, France along with gastronomic delights, romance and themes of being present, making pleasure a priority and living in the moment. Many critics compare it to one of my favorite films, “Under the Tuscan Sun” (also starring Diane Lane) and so I felt pretty confident that this film would be right up my Wellegant alley!
As the film summary states, “Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Married to a successful but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.”
I had the opportunity to check it out this past weekend and, while I think it was a bit light on plot development (it seemed more travelogue than story, as the characters move from one town and meal to the next), it was a feast for the senses and a light, enjoyable movie experience, especially for foodies and Francophiles like me.
If you’re looking for a fun little excursion in the French countryside without leaving your hometown, “Paris Can Wait” is just such an adventure. Check out the trailer, below: