If one had to choose a city in which to get lost, I am sure that Paris would be the top choice or near the top choice of most people.

Directed by real-life couple Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, who are also the stars, Lost in Paris follows the odyssey of Canadian Fiona (played by Gordon) who travels to France to aid her ailing Aunt Martha. Upon arriving in Paris, Fiona discovers that the aunt has disappeared. While looking for her, Fiona comes across an eccentric and quirky vagabond (Abel) who joins forces with Fiona to locate Martha (played by Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva).

Lost in Paris recalls some of the atmosphere of comedic silent films in that much of the humor is slapstick and physical. Gordon’s dour visage is also highly reminiscent of the stoic stone face of the great silent film comedian Buster Keaton. The movie also reminded me of another film with a city (or a neighborhood) in its title, Down and Out in Beverly Hills. Both movies are largely light-hearted and feature idiosyncratic bums who insinuate themselves into another family and befriend a dog.

Curiously, Lost in Paris doesn’t linger over the architectural wonders of the city except for some scenes of the Eiffel Tower and several overhead shots of the city towards the end of the story. Those seeking a film which emphasizes the magic and mystique of Paris may be disappointed, but perhaps the largely straight-forward photography was a directorial choice. It is interesting to contrast the mostly prosaic cinematography of Lost In Paris with, say, the opening montage of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which positively revels in the glories of the City of Light. The sweet comic antics of Lost in Paris, however, should keep an audience happily diverted.

Lost in Paris opens in Los Angeles and Orange County on July 7.

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