`Avenue' paints a picture of art

Status is not the point, this pleasant import contends

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March 23, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,sun movie critic

Avenue Montaigne makes what seems, at first, a bold statement: that art is entertainment, and drawing distinctions between the two is both foolish and self-defeating. The highbrow among us might beg to differ, arguing that there's no comparison between an Ibsen play and a soap opera. So might the more lowbrow, for whom classical music is a labor they don't care to endure.

But, really, the vast majority of people understand that they like what they like, not for what it's called but for how it makes them feel. For those who have forgotten that basic truth, Avenue Montaigne is a happy reminder.

Avenue Montaigne (ThinkFilm) Starring Cecile De France, Valerie Lemercier, Albert Dupontel. Directed by Daniele Thompson. Rated PG-13. Time 101 minutes.

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