Who doesn’t want to 🙂 The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen informs PARIS-MANHATTAN, debut writer/director Sophie Lellouche’s charming and warm-hearted romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life and love are shaped by the philosophies of her favourite filmmaker.
Alice Ovitz is a pharmacist from a Jewish family, who during her early years was introduced to and fell in love with Woody Allen’s films. Growing up, she strongly desires a relationship, but the only man she ever loved was taken away from her by her own sister. On Alice’s bedroom wall hangs a huge poster of Woody Allen, with whom she has long night conversations, and he talks back to her through excerpts of dialogue from his films.
Ten years go by. Alice has taken over her father’s pharmacy after he retired, her sister is long married to the man she stole from Alice, and the poster still hangs over the bed. She is thirty, and lonely, and her family is trying its best to introduce her to unmarried men. She is having a hard time choosing from two emerging suitors, Vincent and Victor. Almost by accident, but with help of Victor, Alice eventually meets Woody Allen on the streets of Paris. This time, the real Woody Allen, not the voice of the Poster, gives her personal advice, which happens to be exactly what Alice considered doing anyway.