Alain Bonnard grew up watching vintage films in his uncle's
art cinema in Paris, the Cinema Paradis. When his uncle
retires and gives Alain the opportunity to own the Paradis,
Alain gives up his lucrative, yet boring business career
and becomes the new proprietor of this small art cinema.
Every Wednesday, the Cinema Paradis shows a classic film
about love and Alain calls the series "Les Amours Au
Paradis." And every Wednesday evening the same attractive
and shy girl who wears a vintage red coat comes to the
show. After four months, Alain finally works up the nerve
to ask the woman in the red coat out on a date and she
happily accepts. Their evening in Paris is simply magical
as they walk the quiet streets of Paris arm in arm and get
to know each other. Their date ends very romantically as
they kiss under a chestnut tree in the courtyard of her
apartment building. They agree to meet for another date
the following week and Alain is elated and floating on air
with the feeling of new love.
Just when Alain thinks his life can't get any better, a
famous Hollywood director and his star actress show up at
the door of the Cinema Paradis . The director is making a
new film set in Paris and he wants to use the Cinema
Paradis to shoot some scenes for his movie. Alain soon
finds himself and his theater in the spotlight and on the
front page of every newspaper and tabloid in Paris.
When the woman in the red coat fails to show up for their
second date, Alain is confused and worried. He searches
his memories of their first date for clues so that he can
track down this woman who has so enchanted him. Alain
follows up several leads to find the woman he loves but
becomes increasingly frustrated when he fails to find her.
The twists and turns in the novel leave the reader
frantically turning the pages of ONE EVENING IN PARIS and
following Alain on his journey throughout Paris. This book
is a perfect read for anyone who appreciates classic
cinema, a good mystery, and a love story set in Paris.
Suddenly, the little cinema and its owner are the focus of
public attention, and the red-plush seats are sold out every
But the mystery woman Alain has just fallen in love with
seems suddenly to have vanished. Is this just coincidence?
In One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau, Alain sets off
in search of her and becomes part of a story more delightful
than anything the cinema has to offer.