Orchestra Seats is charming romantic comedy which centers around Jessica a beautiful young woman from the provinces who comes to Paris and lands a job waiting tables at a chic bistro on fabled Avenue Montaigne, the city’s nexus for art, music, theater and fashion. Jessica’s customers include a popular TV actress who is courting a major Hollywood director for her first serious film role; a wealthy art collector who is about to liquidate a lifetime’s worth treasures at auction; and an illustrious classical pianist who is at odds with his wife as to where his career is headed. Precisely because Jessica doesn’t know how celebrated these people are, her guileless and completely unintimidated engagement in their lives has a transforming effect on them – and ultimately her.
Nothing there, next.
- Orchestra Seats review by Alain
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This is very poor French cinema. It has very little in terms of story, acting and directing. Cécile de France, normally a good actress is clearly badly directed and forced to act far too naively, which is barely watchable. She is a waitress from outside Paris who comes to the Capital to bluff her way into the farcically represented arty-farty Paris crowd. None of the other characters are believable for one minute.
The only redeeming sub-plot is based around Albert Dupontel, who plays a professional pianist, choking in the etiquette, decorum and pretension of his profession. This is an interesting story and should even be a separate film.
All in all, it appears to be a film made by Parisians for Parisians, with no real idea of what happens outside the capital.
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