The Girl From Paris (Une hirondelle a fait le printemps)
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The Girl From Paris (Une hirondelle a fait le printemps)
Can a thirtysomething gal from the city find happiness with a goat farm and its aging overseer? Sandrine (Mathilde Seigner) is a computer expert who has successfully pursued a career in business; however, her career path was chosen to please her family more than herself, and Sandrine has decided to move away from the fast pace of city life to rural France. Hoping to put her job skills to work in a new context, Sandrine begins studying agriculture, and arranges to buy a goat farm from Adrien (Michel Serrault), an elderly farmer who is nearing retirement. Adrien will spend another year and a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... a realistic portrait of rural life."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"May linger in the mind as a postcard collection of alluring mountain scenery, but there's not much in the way of lingering alpenglow at movie's end."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"It's a small, simple movie, but, by the end, you feel like you've met two people you'd enjoy hanging with."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Carion has concocted a simple story for complex times, one that realistically examines the passing of the torch from a traditionalist to a neophyte"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Seigner and Serrault give sweet, satisfying performances."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Pokey and maybe a bit too sincere, but it has its own integrity."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Slow-moving but utterly delightful."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Serrault's got all the appropriate nuances of this old codger down pat. I'm beginning to get the impression that it's who he is."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"[Carion] has honestly involving characters, and does not shirk the necessarily rude side of agri-life."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Realistically depicts the everyday drama of farm life with vivid, unflinching aplomb."
‑ Tiffany Sanchez, CinemaBlend.com
"It is a nice character study of two people locked into themselves in different ways, and the slow path they each take to recognize their interdependence."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"What director and cowriter Christian Carion has done with the film is give us a genuine feel for the simple joys, disappointments and mind-numbing routine of rural life."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"excluded me at a basic level from its opening scenes on; when it was over, I felt as though I'd never made it in"
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"A dance to a post-war ditty shared by old man who misses the daughter he never knew--and a young woman who identifies him as the father of her imagined past."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Thoughtful screenplay...interpreted in subtle and expert performances"
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net