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2019 Winter Film Festival

January 25, 26 and 27, 2019

Festival Posters

Winter Film Festival

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The 2019 Festival dates/times will be:

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm -  Bel Canto
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 2:00 pm  - Transit
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 4:30 pm - If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Saturday, Jan 26,  2019 -  6:45 pm - Reception in Victoria Hall with entertainment by Tanya Wills Trio
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 1:30 pm  - Beautiful Boy
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 4:00 pm - Puzzle

Details on the films are below.

Sunday, January 21, 4:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

lost in parisFilmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's signature whimsical style, LOST IN PARIS stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona's (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Academy Award (R)-nominee 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 (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.

rbc logoSponsor: Lynn HardyLeads: Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, Fiona Gordon, Pierre Richard, Emmy Boissard Paumelle, Céline Laurentie
Directed By:   Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Genre: Comedy  Runtime: 83 minutes
Language: French with some English (sub-titles for French)

Review

by Karen Woodham

Lost in Paris is written, directed and starring the filmmaking duo Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon (The Fairy, Rumba), Lost in Paris also stars the late BAFTA winning and Academy Award-nominated actress Emmanuelle Riva (Amour, Three Colours Blue, Hiroshima Mon Amour).

lost in paris2 450Not having seen Abel and Gordon’s style of filmmaking before, it was a refreshing change for me to watch a movie that has a style of its own with Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s signature whimsical style, the opening sequence of the sandstorm and the introduction of characters had me thinking to myself that this is going to be a film I was going to enjoy.

The movie, with its strange charm, reminded me of a movie I reviewed a while back, Michael Gondry’s Mood Indigo which I absolutely loved with and still do, Lost in Paris has its bizarre moments in Paris such as one of the characters having a wee in the river as the boat of tourists travels past and the restaurant scene with the music being so loud that everyone bounces to the bass.

Lost in Paris stars the filmmakers as a small town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 93-year-old Aunt Martha (played by Academy Award nominee 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 (Abel), the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone.

lost in paris 450I found myself laughing on several occasions as the lead character are thrown together and apart with some brilliantly choreographed slapstick that shows off the unique talents of Abel and Gordon’s work.

Lost in Paris is shot well with nice touches and camera angles to create something unique and with many comedic moments that are set up to perfectly tell the story, the film is such a refreshing change to watch from the big Hollywood movies we have these days, with its tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in Paris, it is a joy to watch.

The soundtrack to the film also works very well, such as the old couple when they start to dance on the bench, well when I say dance, it’s just a shot of their feet doing all the dancing and it has an old-style track that works wonderfully with the foot dancing, which is also beautifully shot as the couple dance.

Don’t let the fact that the film is in French with subtitles and the occasional spoken English put you off, this works well for the story of the Candian that is Lost in Paris, a testament to the talents of the filmmakers.

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