As a matter of fact… Paris can wait. That’s the title of an interesting food and travel movie. Anne and Michael are a couple in their 50’s (or even more) on their way to Budapest, when Anne decides suddenly she wants to go straight to Paris to avoid a plane trip that would exacerbate the pain she feel in her ears. Jacques, her husband’s business partner, will be her driver.
He proves to be more than that: a very well informed tour guide. He would take Anne to well selected restaurants to taste French cuisine and to visit some of the historical places on the way, as well. But the trip from Cannes to Paris that takes longer than expected, as they take a lot of detours to see something or just to rest and eat some delicious French dishes.
Passing by St Victoire Mountain captured perfectly by Cezanne while listening to Mozart music, Jacques teaches Anne about France history. Provence is called that way because it was a province of Rome. Romans had great stonemasons that built solid aqueducts and buildings. The whole movie turns out to be quite educational, there is a lot you can learn about France, French culture, history and cuisine.
Driving is the only way to see a country.
says Jacques. Well, that might be true, however, I must find some other ways as well, as I don’t really like to drive.
Anne has a passion for photography and a keen eye for details. The photos she takes are really good and jacques does not miss the chance to compliment her. Unlike Michael, the husband, Jacques is very attentive to Anne’s likes and dislikes and soon starts to seduce her (like any French man when sees a woman. And they don’t seem to have scrupules when comes to married women!).
French people eat unpasteurized alive and healthy cheese, drink red wine and are more romantic than Americans, explains Jacques in an effort to put himself in a good light.
In Vezelay they visit the cathedral where relics of Mary Magdalene are, in Burgundy they enjoy a meaningful evening. All the way to Paris they start to feel more comfortable with one another and to open up about their personal lives. They share their happiest and saddest moments of their life and you can feel that love is in the air. But will they really be a couple by the end of the movie? I’ll let you to find out.
Some of my favorite quotes:
Food is good for the soul. My happiest memories are around the table.
The best food in the world is straight from the garden with very little done to it.
Have you made peace with your life the way as it is?
Most of the people don’t realize there are many delicious things to eat growing right under their noses.
The changing of the moon reminds me that life and business have cycles. Sometimes full and sometimes not.
I wear this to remind me how fragile life is and how painful and exquisite it is to be alive.