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Midnight in Paris

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Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen (2011)

90min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
A Hollywood hack struggling with his first novel finds magical inspiration in the French capital in this whimsical time-travelling comedy from Woody Allen. Owen Wilson is unexpected casting in the central role, yet proves utterly delightful as the befuddled scribe who can't quite confess to his shrewish fiancée (Rachel McAdams) he's been zapping back to the 1920s to spend his evenings with Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald - Americans in Paris during a more gilded age. With alluring artist's muse Marion Cotillard giving Wilson cause to ponder a permanent move to the past, the story weaves culturally savvy laughter with romantic yearning, all the while affectionately questioning whether it really would have been more fulfilling to live in an era when true artistic giants walked among us. Yes, it helps to know the literary and painterly references, but Allen's deliciously dotty plot construction ensures that seriousness never takes over. Indeed, right from the gorgeous opening montage of Paris street scenes, this is the most sustained and purely enjoyable movie he's made in 15 years. Bravo, monsieur Woody!

Summary

An American writer visits Paris with his fiancee, and tries unsuccessfully to persuade her to move there. He goes for a walk at midnight and magically journeys into the Bohemian past, but as he falls in love with the city, he begins to lose sight of how important his relationship is. Woody Allen's Oscar-winning fantasy comedy, with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen.

Cast & Crew

Gil Owen Wilson
Adriana Marion Cotillard
Inez Rachel McAdams
Paul Michael Sheen
Gert Kathy Bates
Mr Fitzgerald Tom Hiddleston
Salvador Adrien Brody
Museum guide Carla Bruni
Ernest Corey Stoll
John Kurt Fuller
Helen Mimi Kennedy
Gabrielle Léa Seydoux
Ms Fitzgerald Alison Pill
Director Woody Allen
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 7 Oct 2011

Comedy Drama

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