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Whit Stillman’s Romantics in Paris: Amazon Pilot ‘The Cosmopolitans’

Whit Stillman's Romantics in Paris: Amazon Pilot 'The Cosmopolitans'

The echo of “Metropolitan” runs through more than
the title of “The Cosmopolitans,” Whit Stillman’s just-released
Amazon pilot. Like the 1990 film that established his droll, sophisticated style
and launched his career, “The Cosmopolitans” is a loosely-structured,
dialogue-heavy jaunt with a group of privileged young people, now updated and
beautifully transplanted as ex-pats in Paris. They couldn’t be more romantic,
literary or wittily delusional about the odds of recapturing all that lost Fitzgerald-Hemingway
glamor. 

In the slender plot, Aubrey (Carrie MacLemore) loses her  boyfriend, the one she has moved from Alabama to
Paris to be with. She meets some young Americans at a cafe, including Jimmy
(Adam Brody), who is shocked when another friend tells him “You couldn’t
be more of an ex-pat cliche.” He seems to think he can claim to be Parisian
because he lives there.  The plot is
hardly the point, because like all of Stillman’s films, “The
Cosmopolitans” is  a delicious
little comedy of manners. Aubrey, Jimmy and friends drink in a cafe, go to a
party where they dance and meet a famous fashion journalist played by Chloe
Sevigne, then wander out onto the glistening streets late at night.

 If Amazon was looking for the kind of typical, cliff-hanging
pilot that makes viewers demand to know what happens next, they may have gone
to the wrong person, but Stillman’s fans (including me) will be in Parisian
heaven.

 Here’s a quick behind-the-scenes look. 

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