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Who doesn’t have a little nostalgia for those “drive in” days? The days where you used to sit in your car and watch movies on a huge screen under the stars… Well, in Paris, it’s still possible!

While you may not be able to just drive in like in the old days, you can do even better by setting up a picnic with friends on a large grassy lawn and enjoy a selection of recent and past films with the larger Parisian community. Every year,  Paris’s Parc de la Villette celebrates cinema by hosting “Cinéma en Plein Air” – an occasion to watch FREE screenings of movies by directors such as Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Gus Van Sant, and many more!

Having already gone several years in a row, I never cease to marvel at the simple pleasure of watching a movie in a lively outdoor setting. My only suggestions to first timers are the following :1) make sure someone in your party arrives on the early side to stake out a spot, and 2) bring some warm clothing to wrap up in if the temperature drops during the film.

Lounge chairs are available for rent for 7 euros each, or you can rent 5 chairs for 20 euros. Films begin showing on July 19 and run through August 21 and the actual movie starts when the sun sets!

Schedule of films can be viewed here: http://www.villette.com/ressources/documents/2/2337,livret_cinemavillette2011small.pdf

Parc de la Villette

221, Avenue Jean Jaures

75019, Paris

Metros: Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)

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Saw it…last night, andddddd, I sat there afterwards a bit depressed by the whole thing. I realized that when I go the movies, I pay to be taken out of my ordinary everyday life, not to reaffirm life’s banalities and realities – no matter how cute the actors/actresses are.

Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet — they’re handsome folk, but it wasn’t enough to deliver me that escape I paid for. Instead, its weak story and ordinary exchanges just left me uninspired. A fighting couple, suspicions, temptations, manipulations, well I see it happening and experience these things often enough that I wonder why Massy Tadjedin thought it would be worth putting people (read me) through another two hours of it?

On top of that, after a night of cheating on each other, the main couple (Knightley, Worthington) find themselves face to face in their apartment only for the film to abruptly end without showing how things reconcile themselves. Hmmmm, seems just plain lazy on the part of Tadjedin. It’s when the situation gets hard that things get interesting, when you have to deal with your mind and emotions like guilt, fear, and sadness – not when you think  with your genitals and simply follow the whims of your animal instincts.

So my conclusions are: Don’t waste your money like I did, and read a good book with better developed characters. A good book will probably be more entertaining and hopefully less mundane than this. The trailer is below just to confirm my rants.

Last NightWritten and directed by Massy Tadjedin featuring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, and Guillaume Canet

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