In the whimsical comedy Lost in Paris, Canadian librarian Fiona (Fiona Gordon) rushes to Paris after receiving a mysterious letter from her elderly Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by the late Emmanuelle Riva). Through a sequence of mishaps, Fiona crosses paths with Dom (Dominique Abel), a charismatic tramp living in a tent near the Seine. The search for Aunt Martha leads to a series of eccentric characters, including a wonderfully choreographed cameo by beloved comedian Pierre Richard.
Using a highly original style that has been compared to Jacques Tati with a touch of Pina Bausch, husband-and-wife filmmakers Abel and Gordon tell a story infused with oddball charm.
Like our other films, Lost in Paris is a burlesque comedy. The story is simple, in order for the performances to take centerstage; however, this time, the plot is akin to an amateur investigation, giving it a different tone from our previous films. We place performance at the heart of our story, filming bodies that struggle against adversity, that fight to live, to reach or to preserve a certain dignity, and to surpass themselves. Almost all the events take place over two days and two nights. The characters are in a constant state of emergency, running around and bumping into each other the whole time. In essence, three individuals, alone and unfamiliar with their surroundings, come together in ways both awkward and profound. Lost in Paris uses humor to talk about essential things like death, freedom of choice, solitude, and solidarity.