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With the state of the world being what it is, we all need as many opportunities to escape into magic and wonder as we can get. Lost In Paris, the new film from filmmaking duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, is just one such escape, with a sense of whimsy that is being compared to Jacques Tati in early reviews. Gordon and Abel—who previously collaborated on 2007’s L’Iceberg and 2011’s The Fairy—come from circus backgrounds, and bring that same love of physical performance to the tale of Fiona (Gordon), a small-town Canadian librarian who rushes off to Paris after receiving a distressing letter from her elderly aunt, played by French screen legend Emmanuelle Riva. Once she arrives, she discovers her aunt has gone missing, leading to a madcap series of adventures in the company of Dom (Abel), a Chaplinesque tramp who takes a shine to Fiona.

In this clip, exclusive to The A.V. Club, a waterfront dine-and-dash leads to a tumble into the river, sending champagne bottles floating to the surface and Fiona drifting to the bottom.

Lost In Paris opens in U.S. theaters this Friday, June 16.

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