Why should lockdown stop you from dreaming about the city of light
It’s a difficult time, especially if you’re the kind of person who’s always looking up long weekends to get out of town. Safe to say, travelling won’t be on most people’s agenda anytime soon but surely that shouldn’t stop you from dreaming! And so, here are some of the best films and TV shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar that will take you to Paris.
Before Sunset (Amazon Prime)
Picking up nine years after the events in Before Sunrise where a young Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) spend a memorable night in Vienna and miss their appointment a year later to reunite, Before Sunset is perhaps more real than you may want to give it credit. Sure, the premise of the movie may be unrealistic but in the 80-minute runtime, director Richard Linklater makes it more relatable than any other romantic movie you’d have likely watched. Jesse has an hour before he gets on his flight back home and the events that follow running into Céline are real-time as they walk through the lanes of Paris, wonder (some may say prophetically) about a time when Notre Dame wouldn’t exist and show you the Paris you’ve always dreamt of.
Call My Agent (Netflix)
Monica Belluci, Isabelle Adjani and Isabelle Huppert come together to create this comedic world of agents, directors, talent and assistants. The action in Call My Agent takes place in Paris and the show itself is as much an ode to the world of movies as it is to the city in which it is set.
Devil Wears Prada (Hotstar)
Sure, most of this movie is set in New York City but the climax of Devil Wears Prada unfolds in Paris. Anne Hathaway’s Andy finds herself in the heart of the fashion business as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion magazine editor loosely based on Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue.
Julie and Julia (Netflix)
Yet another movie that shifts between New York City and Paris features the real-life story of Julie Powell (Amy Adams) trying to recreate the recipes from the legendary cookbook of Julia Child (Meryl Streep).
A Very Secret Service (Netflix)
Set in 1960, André Merlaux (Hugo Becker) starts as a trainee officer with the French Secret Service as he stumbles his way around the ridiculous red tape, bumbling agents, and a sinister plot involving his dead parents. Ridiculously fun, for most part, A Very Secret Service is a French-language show, which is also a great excuse if you’re learning French, isn’t it?
The unlikely story of a rat turning a chef in the heart of the culinary capital of the world comes to life with Pixar’s animation studios. Remy the rat enlists the help of a garbage boy called Linguini as he wows diners while staying hidden all along.