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MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution regarding AVENUE MONTAIGNE because it offers the wide path to destruction rather than the narrow path to righteousness. It closes with Jessica’s grandmother saying, “ I pushed my way in and had a wonderful life.” The true path to a wonderful life is surrender – to give your whole life to God and let Him bless it.
(RoRo, LL, S, N, A, M) A strong Romantic worldview where people seek happiness but find it illusive; 18 obscenities and one profanity; no violence; one scene of sex outside of marriage and several discussions about having been unfaithful to one’s spouse; partial female nudity obscured by a planter; alcohol use; no smoking; and, selfish pursuit of happiness.
AVENUE MONTAIGNE is a French movie with several stories interwoven. Its primary focus is on a bubbly young French girl named Jessica, raised by her grandmother. She comes to Paris with the advice that if you can’t afford the nicest things in life, work for those who can. The movie centers on the frustrations of the rich and famous including a concert pianist, a French soap opera star, a wealthy man selling his art collection, and the man’s son.
Jessica takes a job in a café where everyone from stars to maids can come for a quick lunch. Jessica quickly learns that the rich and famous are not necessarily happy. Because of her optimistic nature, she actually helps bring some happiness. Unfortunately, in one case this results in a gratification of sexual lust.
There is one positive reference to the Bible and one reference to belief in God (but not religion). Sadly, all the avenues taken in the pursuit of happiness wind up focused on self-interest instead of God’s will. Occasionally, self-interests coincide, but no one pursues the will of God to find peace and joy. While several people in the movie appear to find some happiness in the end, their happiness is built on the sand.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution regarding AVENUE MONTAIGNE because it offers the wide path to destruction rather than the narrow path to righteousness. It closes with Jessica’s grandmother saying, “ I pushed my way in and had a wonderful life.” The true path to a wonderful life is surrender. It is to give your life to God and let Him bless it.
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