Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats)
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Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats)
Catherine, Jean-Francois and Jacques sometimes cross paths at a cafe where Jessica often waits on them. Catherine is an acclaimed actress who is about to open a new show; Jean-Francois is a musician who is preparing for a major recital; and Jacques is about to sell his extraordinary art collection. They are all caught between their private dreams and public images.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film that seeks to amble it way towards resolution and which offers a few insights and smiles along the way."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Watching the charming Avenue Montaigne makes you realize not only how much we miss when mainstream French films are not on the movie menu, but how much we miss when American studios define 'romantic comedy' so strictly."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"If you think about it, you'll realize how flimsy-and even lazy-it is; if not, you'll likely give in to its airy charms."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"Filled with sentimentality, pretensions, unfulfilled ambitions and a host of dull characters faced with life threatening problems that verge on the ludicrous."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Daniele and Christopher Thomson's marvellously crafted script brings all the characters to life as they struggle to shake the worlds in which they live"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Even if this fine French meal isn't as rich or feels a little less than it might have been, it's still delightful to sit through, course after winning course."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's one of those 'what's-not-to-like' movies, a fantasy about life and Paris that passes painlessly, a trifle elevated by its Parisian settings and our desire to lose ourselves in them."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Life and Art come together in Avenue Montaigne, a charming and accessible French export. Not too fluffy, not too deep %u2014 just right."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"Una comedia simpática y pintoresca, si bien peca de algo de ingenuidad, cierta superficialidad dramática y una indefinición de tono que le quitan interés y credibilidad."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"There are French movies that are clearly made with a French audience in mind, and there are other French movies that have a non-French audience in mind. Daniele Thompson's "Avenue Montaigne" seems to be aimed at a third, highly-specialized audience; peopl"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The movie is as airy as a spun-sugar dessert, but Thompson's observations on the artistic life are both affectionate and knowing: Beauty and wealth, though inevitably compelling, are appreciated as means to humane ends, not goals in themselves."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Avenue Montaigne is a bon-bon for culture tourists."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"A light, frothy, intoxicating romantic comedy."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"a frothy confection that, much like its characters, often seems at odds with its own ambitions."
‑ Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com
"While AVENUE MONTAIGNE is something of a trifle (which makes it easy to understand why it did not garner an Oscar nomination when there were far more deserving features), it still is a pleasant and enjoyable movie."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews