If you’re in the mood for a ‘stop and smell the roses’ movie, you might enjoy this one, but otherwise I’d pass. Apparently, this film is based on Eleanor Coppola (Francis’ wife and Sofia’s mother)’s 2009 experience when she was driven from Cannes to Paris by an associate of her husband. The film is being marketed as “a journey of self-discovery,” but it’s more accurately “a journey of superficiality!”
Anne (Diane Lane – beautiful and sexy as ever) is unable to fly on a private Jet from Cannes to Paris with her husband/Producer, Michael (Alec Baldwin), due to an ear infection. Michael’s friend and business associate, Jacques (Arnaud Viard), gallantly offers to drive Ann from Cannes to Paris. She accepts, and off they go.
Jacques is a lover of life. He is in no hurry, and Anne and Jacques meander through the beautiful French countryside, enjoying five-star sumptuous meals, drinking expensive wines, snacking on exotic cheeses, and catching a few museums and monuments along the way. Jacques helps Anne appreciate life in the here-and-now! (I think I could do this too, with five-star meals, expensive wines and a beautiful woman, but maybe I’m just fooling myself!) As one might anticipate, there is considerable erotic tension, which keeps increasing throughout their journey.
Unfortunately, their conversation on the trip just skims the surface. Only a few scenes try to go deeper, and they never really get there. Their conversation isn’t about anything but their lives, but not in any meaningful way. We really never get to know either of them. After seeing the film, Robin and I were really hungry, but otherwise the movie didn’t have any impact on us. (We ate Vietnamese food, but I think we should have up-graded!)
In short, “Paris Can Wait” is no “Heaven Can Wait” and is just an OTBR!