Review: Conventional untraditional “Lost in Paris”

Unconventional French love story


The filmmaking duo Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon presents yet another charming and funny movie Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus). The couple wrote, directed and even stars in the movie themselves, together with some well known faces like the late BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominated actress Emmanuelle Riva.


Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva and Fiona Gordon in one of the scenes in Lost in Paris


Canadian librarian Fiona (Fiona Gordon) lives in a small city, where snow and wind is a common visitor. She receives a letter from her aunt Martha (Emmanuelle Riva). The old Parisian pleads for her to help the aunt from being forced to leave her lovely flat into a retirement home. Martha persistently keeps mentioning her good mental health, though the letter has stains of food waste, suggesting that the precious letter was disposed into a trash bin rather than a mailbox. The letter – and a bit of encouragement from her friends and colleagues – and Fiona is on her way to Paris to find her beloved aunt Martha.

Fiona on first impression appears quirky rather than pretty with her tall, with ginger hair and very long limbs. However her ginger hair, huge doe eyes and that cute clumsiness adds to her charm making her so lovable that only a real cynic could resist her charm.


Fiona (Fiona Gordon) in one of the scenes of Lost in Paris.


While on her trip to Paris in a rather ridiculous scene Fiona meets a homeless man Dom (Dominique Abel). Eager to survive, rusty dancer Dom is charmed by the lovely Canadian and believes that she is the love of his life. Together they make a ridiculous duo – as Fiona  speaks only a bit of broken French and Dom doesn’t know a word of  English. Together they try to find Fiona’s aunt Martha and on their journey they get into some funny situations.

The film is divided into chapters for all three main characters: Fiona, Dom and Martha. This gives the viewer an insight into each of the character and personality. This way the story is quite easy to follow and it explains how their paths crossed.


Real life husband and wife Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon have an amazing chemistry together. The film has a distinct French flavour and a subtle  humor. The movie has received a Rare Pear Award at Denver Film Festival and Audience Award (Mind The Gap – Narrative) from Mill Valley Film Festival. The movie is very light and even in the saddest moments it keeps a positive note.  France is the birthplace of cinema so the movie itself has something very classical yet something totally unique. Something conventional untraditional, with a taste of France, the movie is a must see!


Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon



Abel & Gordon – Courage mon amour Films

Christie Molia – Moteur S’il Vous plaît

Charles Gillibert – CG Cinéma



Geneviève Lamal – SCOPE pictures

Philippe Logie – VOO & Be tv

Tanguy Dekeyser – Proximus



Fiona – Fiona Gordon

Dom – Dominque Abel

Martha – Emmanuelle Riva

Norman – Pierre Richard

Bob the Mounty – Fred Meert

Mr. Martin – Philippe Martz

Canadian Embassy employee – Olivier Parenty





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