Lost in Paris
Director: Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon
Year Released: 2016
Canadian librarian Fiona (co-director Gordon) flies to The City of Light to visit her elderly aunt Martha (Emmanuelle Riva) but she can't find her and thinks she's dead ... plus she loses all her personal belongings, which are found by vagabond Dom (co-director Abel). Anyone that's seen a film by these two filmmakers knows their style - vaudeville-inspired physical humor just like Tati and Étaix with minimal dialogue - and while some of the bits are quirky, like the red pepper caught on the fishing line and the impromptu dance in a restaurant, the rest is a hokey, culminating in a blasé climb up the Eiffel Tower. It's so lightweight a slight gust could send it straight into the Seine ... and if Abel and Gordon are taking a swipe at America for its negligence of the homeless, I suggest they dig a little deeper (if they're capable of it) and look at the number of indigent people in France (it's an issue in many countries, unfortunately).