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Diane Lane as Anne Lockwood and Arnaud Viard as Jacques Clement in the film Paris Can Wait.

Eric Caro/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

2 out of 4 stars

Title
Paris Can Wait
Written by
Eleanor Coppola
Directed by
Eleanor Coppola
Starring
Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard and Alec Baldwin
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English

File this one under: Films I wish I liked. Anne (Diane Lane) needs to get from Cannes to Paris. She accepts a ride with a French business associate, Jacques (Arnaud Viard), and what should be a seven-hour dash turns into a days-long road trip through La Belle France, complete with vistas, vin and vats of fromage.

I love that writer/director Eleanor Coppola (yes, wife of Francis Ford) is making her feature-film debut at age 80 (she's made several documentaries, including Hearts of Darkness). I applaud her for speaking to an underserved slice of filmgoers, women over 50. Anne spent her life nurturing others; now, confronted with a waning business, an empty nest and a distracted husband (Alec Baldwin), she has to think about what nurtures her. The scenery is delicious, the food looks ravishing, Anne's wardrobe is spot-on.

But there's one big problem: Anne doesn't drive her own journey. She spends scene after scene passively letting Jacques tell her what to do, eat and think. And there's no detouring around that.

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