The pandemic and travel restrictions may have left many, if not all, of us dying to book a flight. Especially if the City of Lights was on your travel checklist this year, you can now live vicariously through Netflix’s new ten-episode comedy drama, Emily in Paris.
By Sex and the City’s creator, Darren Star, Emily in Paris follows the shenanigans of Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper (Lily Collins), who unexpectedly scores a job her boss was supposed to take — at a Parisian firm acquired by her current company to revamp their social media presence.
As she adapts to life in a foreign city (with a non-existent French vocabulary), a serious culture clash ensues, including lots of faux pas and awkward moments with her unimpressed French colleagues. As she finds out, her ‘American way’ of doing things isn’t often the best.
Some may find it riddled with cliches and stereotypes, but what you’ll fall in love with are the impossibly mesmerising scenes – each episode dishes up cinematic shots of iconic Parisian vistas and tourist sites, including panoramic city views with the glittering Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon, and opera house Palais Garnier, as well as a moment on the Pont Alexandre III arch bridge that spans the Seine.
Then there are the sidewalk cafes that are synonymous with the French capital, as well as a visit to a digital exhibit at the L’Atelier des Lumieres.
Emily’s apartment itself is a loft in the Place de l’Estrapade, a historic square located in the chic 5th arrondissement of the city.
In the first episode, she throws open the windows of her apartment and declares, “Oh my God, I feel like Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge.”
As would we, Emily, as would we.