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

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens August 28, 2014 at 8:30AM

The echo of "Metropolitan" runs through more than the title of "The Cosmopolitans," Whit Stillman's just-released Amazon pilot about American ex-pats in Paris.
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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. 

This article is related to: Whit Stillman, The Cosmopolitans, Amazon, Adam Brody

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