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The Tourist

Where The Tourist was Shot

For most of The Tourist’s 103 minutes, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck bravely struggles to commandeer the disparate elements of the film – the reworked script, the leading couple with little or no obvious personal chemistry, the glamorous locations – into a coherent whole.

I leave it to you to judge how well he ultimately succeeds, but one thing is for sure: the walk through Paris on which Angelina Jolie takes us at the beginning of the film, trying to shake off the police, has been very well laid out and does not violate the city’s geography.

This may be damning with faint praise, but praise it most certainly is. After all, everybody who is familiar with Paris knows films where people whose apartment has a view on the Eiffel Tower slip into their morning gown…

– Cut! –

…to buy a pair of croissants in a bakery underneath the Sacre Coeur (3 miles to the north).

Whatever you can say about The Tourist, no topographical logic was violated in the making of this film. After all, it is at least conceivable that a lady with an apartment at the Place de Victoire

"Place de la Victoire in Paris where Angelina Jolie's character in The Tourist is supposed to have her apartment"

… would take her morning coffee at the Le Nemours coffee shop next door to the Comedie Francaise. (That’s a five to ten minute walk.)

"Cafe Nemur in Paris where Angelina Jolie's character in The Tourist takes breakfast"

And while the Passage Jouffroy on Boulevard Montmartre

"Passage Jeoffroy in Paris"

… may not lie in the flight path of a crow on its way from the Nemours to the metro station Quatre Septembre, the little detour is certainly understandable, considering the circumstances.

"Metro Station Quatre Septembre in Paris"

Although, on balance, perhaps Miss Jolie should have worn a different pair of shoes.

But then again: this is Hollywood – and The Tourist more so than most films you will be going to see this year.

 

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