Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (NR)
Timid Canadian librarian Fiona (Gordon) has long wanted to visit Paris, so she jumps at the chance to help care for her 88-year-old aunt, Martha (Emmanuelle Riva), a feisty former dancer who's being pressured to leave her apartment for a retirement home. She arrives to find Martha missing, and the sheltered Fiona becomes the most helpless of hapless tourists. (There are some pointed Canadian jokes, including Fiona flying the maple leaf on her backpack and encountering a do-right Mountie.) Fiona soon attracts the cloying attention of Dom (Abel), a buff hobo inordinately proud of his antisocial skills.
Gordon and Abel incorporate elements of lighthearted musicals and silent-film comedy (a scene atop the Eiffel Tower evokes the derring-do of Harold Lloyd), and provide themselves plenty of opportunities to stretch their pliant, wiry physicality. Riva is a bubbly delight in one of her final roles, her mischief perfectly at home in Gordon and Abel's escapist vision of a benign Paris where liberty and idiosyncrasy happily co-exist.