Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    The Girl From Paris may not have half the smooth technique of "Swimming Pool," but it has 10 times the heart and soul.
  2. Wise, understated, warm and witty, it presents stars Michel Serrault and Mathilde Seigner in roles that fit them so perfectly they could have been tailor-made.
  3. The movie, which Carion wrote with Eric Assous, has a calming quality. The story moves slowly but, given the milieu and pace of life, this seems perfectly appropriate.
  4. The scenery is majestic, the goats adorable, the characters alternately gruff and tender. Like the best storytellers, Carion delays vital information about his characters that makes their dynamic increasingly interesting.
  5. The saving grace of this French film is that it's anything but a sentimental story.
  6. 70
    Carion and his gifted leads never take the easy way out. Instead, they let the characters get acquainted against the slow change of the seasons, taking their relationship along unexpected turns.
  7. A quiet, slow-moving tale, very much in tune with the gradual rhythms of traditional agricultural life.
  8. Precisely the point of films in this genre is to provide pleasant predictability. We collaborate, in a way: we chuckle silently as, so to speak, we make the film ourselves.
  9. Moves as slowly and deliberately as it sounds, but Seigner and Serrault are extremely effective in roles often requiring them to work alone, or together in loaded but wordless exchanges.
  10. 60
    Yes, the story is pure formula, though given less twinkle and lip gloss than Hollywood would have brought to bear on it; the film is so remake-friendly you can cast it in your head.
  11. It's in the characters that the film works beautifully, right up to the clever and tender final sequence.
  12. 50
    Carion, in his feature debut, means well, and his characters are lovable. But the plot is so predictable and sentimental that viewers are likely to lose interest before Sandrine and her goats walk off into the sunset.
  13. 40
    The script offers neither a sustained narrative arc nor strong characterizations.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. PaulD.
    Oct 15, 2005
    7
    Slow, but touching portrayal of two strong-willed people from different generations, developing a bond. Moving, but not sentimental, without Slow, but touching portrayal of two strong-willed people from different generations, developing a bond. Moving, but not sentimental, without facile answers, the movie lets you see the difficulties in both the land and in the characters. Full Review »