Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris.

Friends of the Cinema showing new Allen film

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Midnight in Paris has been described by one film reviewer as “charming and clever, at times wickedly astute and hopeful.” A majority of critics have described it as Woody Allen’s best movie in years.

In this next presentation by Friends of the Cinema, Allen places his current favourite funny man Owen Wilson, in an unlikely relationship with the wealthy Inez (played by Rachel McAdams), in Paris. Gil (Wilson) and Inez are engaged, and they visit the City of Lights with her parents. Inez isn’t impressed with the city but Gil is, at least with the Paris of the 1920s that he finds a connection with.

Ahhh… Paris in the Roaring Twenties. Where Gertrude Stein presided over a salon of creative geniuses, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.

Gil begins to take midnight walks, and meets Adriana (Academy award-winning — for La Vie en Rose — Marie Cotillard, now featured in the hit movie Contagion), who provides his entrée into 1920s Paris and Stein’s (Kathy Bates) artistic friends.

Part romantic comedy and part a Woody Allen search for a better world, Midnight in Paris is sure to appeal to those who like to think while they are being entertained.

The second presentation in Friends of the Cinema’s 2011-2012 season, Midnight in Paris shows on Oct 17 at 7:30 p.m. All net proceeds from the movies are donated to local organizations, including Friends of the Library.

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