Paris or Perish

Paris or Perish  {Paris a tout prix}
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Paris or Perish
Paris a tout prix
France, 2013, 97 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Woman Director
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Brightly colored and vivacious, debuting director Reem Kherici’s fast-paced, fish-out-of-water comedy journeys from the upper reaches of the Paris fashion world to the bucolic Moroccan countryside, displaying a lot of heart along the way. Kherici - she also co-wrote the script - stars as Maya, an up-and-coming fashion designer whose lifestyle entails nightly cocktail parties, closets full of designer shoes and a group of fair-weather fashion friends as hilariously snarky as they are ambitious.

After a night of partying, Maya gets pulled over by a cop who discovers her papers have expired. Before she knows it she’s on a plane home to her native Morocco, stiletto heels in hand. There, the family ties and cultural roots she has tried so hard to deny unavoidably rise to the surface…

Don’t mistake this for an overly earnest treatise on the immigrant experience – Kherici keeps the jokes flowing and, smartly, makes Maya the butt of many of them. Moments of genuine feeling also punctuate the proceedings, making Paris or Perish much more than just a jaunty comedy.

DIRECTOR: Reem Kherici
Producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
Editor: Véronique Parnet
Screenwriter: Reem Kherici, Philippe Lachau, Morgan Spillemaecker
Cinematographer: Nicolas Massart
Music: Laurent Aknin
Principal Cast: Reem Kherici, Cécile Cassel, Shirley Bousquet, Tarek Boudali, Phillipe Lacheau, Salim Kechiouche, Stéphane Rousseau
Filmography: Debut feature

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