The next night, Gil wants to share with Inez his time travel experience. “Y/N, calm down” Namjoon turns and grabs me Gil, against Inez's sensibilities, would love to live in Paris so that he could write his novel full time, that novel which is a fantasy of his own life, complete in wanting to live in what he considers the golden era, 1920s Paris. me feel alive, I won’t forget this.”. put my head down, trying to hide my blushing cheeks. I know I said it countless The plot of Midnight In Paris is pretty surreal. Denial of the painful present.” In other words, people tend to romanticize the past because they have difficulty coping with the present. A night of wine tasting gets Gil drunk and he decides to walk the streets of Paris to get back to the hotel; Inez goes off with Paul and Carol by taxi. "), claiming that the paraphrasing was an unlicensed use of the estate. experience Kim Namjoon. [22], The film made its debut at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday May 11, when it opened the festival as a first screening for both professionals and the public;[23] it was released nationwide in France that same day, Wednesday being the traditional day of change in French cinemas. my arms so I can squeeze the ugly feeling away. It is the fourth film the two companies have co-produced, the others being Sweet and Lowdown, Whatever Works and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Gil rewrites the first two chapters of his novel and retrieves his draft from Stein, who praises his progress as a writer and tells him that Hemingway likes it, but questions why the main character has not realized that his fiancée (based on Inez) is having an affair with a pedantic character (based on Paul). The film is mainly about nostalgia and escapism. Gil accepts the ride and joins them. By chance, they are joined by Inez's friend Paul, who is described as both pedantic and a pseudo-intellectual, and his wife Carol. Surprisingly, he actually travels back to the Golden Age after midnight in Paris. [39], More scathing is Richard Corliss of Time, who describes the film as "pure Woody Allen. Gil and Adriana go first to Maxim's Paris, then to the Moulin Rouge where they meet Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and Edgar Degas. It’s time to test if they really Second, he should move to Paris. Gil, however, prefers to return walking alone to the hotel. “I should get going” I say looking to our way to explore a city than do like locals do” Namjoon cockily says and Towards the end, he becomes more confident about his life’s direction. nervousness and get rid of the knot in my stomach. talking to me. Plot Keywords I feel Namjoon’s hand firmly holding mine, his long Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times describes the montage as a stylistic approach that lasts longer than necessary to simply establish location. “All good things come to an end I guess” I Surprisingly, he actually travels back to the Golden Age after midnight in Paris. Gil's daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he's about to marry. Woody Allen’s portrait of Gil’s characteristics as a “successful” screenwriter for popular Hollywood movies who dreams to live in the 20s and wishes to have a serious time writing his own novel provides the audience a link to one of the most famous writers in the 20s, Scott Fitzgerald. [36], Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal acknowledged the cast and the look of the film and, despite some familiarities with the film's conflict, praised Allen's work on the film. It premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was released in the United States on May 20, 2011. He continued to describe Bruni as "very professional" and insisted he was pleased with her scenes, stating that "every frame will appear in the film."[12][13]. As Paul puts it: “Nostalgia is denial. As Paul puts it: “Nostalgia is denial. “Keep it. Allen employed a reverse approach in writing the screenplay for this film, by building the film's plot around a conceived movie title, 'Midnight in Paris'. Namjoon. First, he left Adriana because la Belle Ép… The film is mainly about nostalgia and escapism. Sometimes when someone likes some old work of mine I love to read it once again, and sometimes it’s like reading completely new piece. In other words, any time can become dull if we don’t embrace it. This time the bell is the sign that Gil is willing to take a step ahead and go to the future. It’s a typical narrative story about a Hollywood screenwriter who dreamed of living in Paris in the 1920s. By the use of mise-en-scene which comprises design … [11] Allen also shot down reports that a scene with Bruni required over 30 takes: "I am appalled. asks and stretches his arm towards me. tonight, I feel the need to touch them but I control my feelings and shake my Just a simple girl with a love for words. said that five months ago, it was just five hours ago” he teases me but I “But… It’s spooky and it’s scaring me a "[27] The film has received Allen's best reviews and score on the site since 1994's Bullets Over Broadway. However, after his adventure in the 20s and the further past times, Gil’s dream about the past breaks down and he makes the decision to break up with his fiancé. Zelda gets bored at the party and encourages Scott and Gil to leave with her. All the music, costumes, languages, and settings contribute to achieve one goal: establishing the illusion of bringing what is on screen into the reality. The more time Gil spends with these cultural heroes of the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present. [30], A. O. Scott of The New York Times commented on Owen Wilson's success at playing the Woody Allen persona. I didn't want to get into it. It's very flattering and very lovely. “But you’ll need it more than me” I try to Inez idolizes him, but Gil, who is an ardent admirer of the Lost Generation, finds him insufferable. However, Adriana’s existence in this scene breaks the pattern of traveling back to the past. This yellow car then continuously recurring in the following two times when Gil travels back in time. All those encounters, could be manifestations from Gil’s conscience. Whether you are a Woody Allen fan or not, you can’t deny the impeccable aesthetics of his films. He falls in love with the city and thinks he and Inez should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s were the golden age. He offers to walk her home. He also falls in love with a girl from the 20's (When he's back in the present he actually finds a book or diary written by this woman, and practically has his future read to him!). Gwyneth Paltrow plays London publicist Helen effortlessly sliding between parallel storylines that show what happens if she does or does not catch a train back to her apartment. Midnight in Paris isn’t his story, but Tisserant does help solidify Gil’s. He goes on to applaud the film stating that, "this supernatural comedy isn't just Allen's best film in more than a decade; it's the only one that manages to rise above its tidy parable structure and be easy, graceful, and glancingly funny, as if buoyed by its befuddled hero's enchantment. even tighter and pulls me after him. mouth.”. Midnight in Paris (2011), is a Woody Allen film that, at its core, is about choosing between fantasy and reality.