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Comedy (2006)
105mins Fr

Starring: Cecile De France, Valerie Lemercier, Albert Dupontel
Director: Daniele Thompson
Writer(s): Christopher Thompson, Daniele Thompson
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Orphaned at a young age, Jessica moves to Paris where she secures a position as a waitress on the exclusive Avenue Montaigne. There, Jessica witnesses the hustle and bustle of rich and important clients, including classical pianist Jean-Francois Lefort, who yearns for more freedom, businessman Jacques Grumberg, who is about to auction off his art collection, and venerated actress Catherine Versen, who hankers for her shot at a serious film or play.

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Director Danièle Thompson's (Jet Lag, Seasons Beatings) Parisian comedy is a bouncy Franco-farce full with delicate and tart human observation in equal measure...

Frédéric Grumberg (Christopher Thompson) and Jessica (Cecile de France)in Orchestra Seats. Optimum ReleasingYoung Jessica's (Cécile De France) arrival in Paris from Macon draws us into a claustrophobic metropolitan world centred on the Bar ces Theatres where she lands herself a waitressing job.

Here we meet a collection of sophisticated Parisians, each at turning points in their lives; Catherine (Valérie Lemercier), a frustrated soap-actor seeking the fulfillment of a serious role, Jean-François ( Albert Dupontel) a disillusioned concert pianist, Jacques ( Claude Brasseur), the ageing self-made sophisticate in search of simplifying his art-burdened life and his son, the emotionally stranded Frédéric (the director's son Christopher Thompson).

'At your age you build a house, at mine you buy one' commends father to son in a series of light philosophical exchanges that both amuse the heart and warm the soul.

And in the end, through the child-of-nature simplicity of Jessica's carefree approach, each is pushed toward important choices that will change their lives forever.

All in all it's typically thorough French fare; classy, contrite and continually compelling.

- Peter Clee

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