French Postcards

French Postcards

French Postcards is a 1979 coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama film directed by Willard Huyck, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gloria Katz. It stars Miles Chapin, Blanche Baker, David Marshall Grant, Valérie Quennessen, Debra Winger, Marie-France Pisier, and Jean Rochefort. The film was shot on location in central Paris, and had a contemporary time setting, with American students being used as extras.


A group of American exchange students spend a year studying in Paris at the fictional Institute of French Studies, run by Madame Catherine Tessier and her husband Monsieur Tessier. Student Laura spends much of her time alone, visiting museums and art galleries and regularly sending postcards to her boyfriend back home who declined the opportunity to join her. Alex's interests are not so much in studying but more in love and life in Paris, and he becomes involved in a tryst with his teacher and the Institute's co-director Madame Tessier. Joel struggles with indecisiveness, which complicates matters when he falls in love with Toni, a local bookstore employee.

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    contentLocation Paris
    director Willard Huyck
    editor Carol Littleton
    genre comedy-drama romance
    keywords exchange student
    musicBy Lee Holdridge
    producer Gloria Katz
    productionCompany NF Geria II Filmgesellschaft m.b.H.
    publisher Paramount Pictures
    theme romantic comedy romantic drama