Review by Virginia
1. Did you like it?
2. Why/Why not?
The plot, directed by Ilmar Raag, is simple and engaging. Frida, played by Jeanne Moreau, is an aging Estonian grande dame living a privileged existence in Paris. The film is based around the life of the aging Frida and Anne (Laine Mägi) who moves from Tallinn to take up the challenging role of caring for Frida in Paris.
Frida projects bitterness towards her own lost youth and to all who try to help her, except a much younger ex-lover (Stephane). Frida’s contrary attitude increases when Anne, ‘Une Estonienne a Paris’, is employed by Stephane to care for her.
Anne is a great character and her life story is developed throughout the film.
3 “You would enjoy this film if…”
You enjoy understated charm and the wonderful backdrops of Paris. A real plus is the opportunity to listen to the French language spoken slowly.
4. “This film made me think…”
Of the honesty depicted by each character as the plot moved towards a predictable conclusion, but with unexpected twists.
5. Stars out of five?