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Yes, I have been busy. No, I don't fritter away my time reading junk novels and eating bon-bons. I actually have been finishing up a project (foreword to a British book being re-published) and doing a number of interviews, and have also been going back and forth on movie-related trips (next week, San Diego)

But this afternoon I took a break and went to Netflix Streaming on my computer and watched a sweet little movie called "Last Love."  Beautifully photographed. Well acted by Michael Caine as an aging American professor living in Paris and mourning his dead wife.  One irritating glitch..the kind of thing no one notices except nitpickers like me...he says quite clearly early in the film that he lives in St. Germain, and indeed the neighborhood around his building LOOKS like St. Germain....but in one scene which purports to be looking toward his apartment, the camera is clearly on the Right Bank. Oh well.

But here's the thing: I fell victim, very early on, to Real Estate Lust. I want that apartment, the one where Michael Caine lives his lonely, sad life. I have several times rented flats in Paris. But the one I want is HIS.

And then, the longer I lusted after it, the more it began to look familar.

And here's why. I think it is the same Paris apartment that I lusted after while watching a different movie: the 2013 movie AMOUR. 

Very similar plot, actually.  But is it possible that the same flat was used as the set for two different films?

Sorry I coudn't find two photos of the same room!

 

But take my word for it.

And it doesn't really matter. What matters is that I want that apartment. So there.

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linda miller Saturday, 12 July 2014

Thanks for giving me a glimpse into this movie, Last Love, Lois. I will have to check it out since I, too, love the St. Germain area in Paris.

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I remember that apartment in Amour. Very grand! I will have to look for Last Love since I love Michael Caine (ever since Educating Rita). Good luck acquiring that apartment! :)

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Ms. Lowry,

I saw your partial interview on the NY times online today. I'm going to buy the Sunday paper to get the actual magazine! I saw a preview of the movie (my daughter was sitting next to me, we were watching some silly superhero movie or some such) the first thing we noticed was the missing black-and-white world, which as we said to each other was an important symbol in the book. Hollywood..!! I'm sure we'll both be there for the premiere. I saw the single book trilogy at Barnes and Noble the other day, My daughter still cherishes the paper back copy of "The Giver" you signed for her nearly seven years ago!

Cheers,
p.s. I couldn't help leaving a comment in the NY times article, today! ;-)

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Hello,
I'm sorry to be reaching out in the comments section of your blog, but I could not find an email address for you. I did, however, enjoy this post and your fascination with Michael Caine's movie abode.

I'm the organizer of a TEDxYouth event at Cape Elizabeth High School in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I would like to invite you to be a speaker at our TEDxYouth@CEHS event on December 5, 2014. I couldn't tell from the calendar posted on this site if you were off on a movie promotion or other publicity project, so I figured I'd throw it out there. The FAQ section does indicate that you don't go around speaking to schools anymore, but I'm hoping you'll at least consider being a part of this day-long event. We produced the first TEDxYouth event in Maine in 2012 and the impact of those talks has been inspiring. One of our students spoke about overcoming Dyslexia and her talk has been viewed over 111,000 times. You can check out an overview of the 2012 event at this link: (2:38 min video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN6oXO2gAGI

You can reach me at bnilsen@capeelizabethschools.org. A simple yes, no, maybe would be greatly appreciated. Just saw the movie - it’s wonderful. Congratulations.

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Claire Barrett Patrick Saturday, 23 August 2014

Apparently, according to this article (http://www.archdaily.com/343727/interiors-an-analysis-of-space-in-the-oscar-winning-film-amour/) the apartment in Amour was built on a soundstage, modeled after the filmmaker's parents' apartment in Vienna (so it DOES exist, somewhere). It does look pretty spectacular, and apparently I need to add both films to my watch list!

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