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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #82. Marc Fitoussi’s Paris Follies

Paris Follies

Director: Marc Fitoussi
Writer: Marc Fitoussi
Producer: Avenue B Productions
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Anais Demoustier, Michael Nyqvist, Marina Fois

Well, you can hardly have a proper list without an Isabelle Huppert vehicle, and her re-teaming with Marc Fitoussi (who directed her and daughter Lolita Chammah in 2010’s Copacabana, which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes) lands a spot on our list, though this sounds like the type of light-hearted melodrama that Huppert tends to avoid (though their previous work gave her a rare opportunity to be an effervescent air head). 2014 will be a light year for Huppert, as two delayed projects (Body Art with Luca Guadagnino apparently has been temporarily delayed while Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs just got back on tracks) means we will have to wait till 2015 to see her in multiple titles. But we’re more than happy to see her reteam with Fitoussi for lighter fare.

Gist: Brigitte and Xavier have a good life. Their farm exploitation prospers and their children have left home to live on their own…A man of few words, Xavier spends most of his time taking care of the cattle. A sophisticated dreamer, Brigitte keeps hoping for something else, something more… To escape the monotony of her everyday life, she decides to go on a solo, whirl-wind weekend in Paris. And the French capital does indeed offer freedom and adventure.

Release Date: Director’s Fortnight might be a possibility with a hopeful presence on the festival circuit. Otherwise, the title, like Fitoussi’s other films, will most likely not see a US release.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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