Born on the day Edison invents the light bulb, Dora and Lili are separated in childhood and follow different paths to meet again on the Orient Express, one a pampered courtesan, the other a feminist anarchist.
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It borrowed part of its plot from 'Desire' with Dietrich and Cooper. It's charming and whimsical without going into twee territory. The thing I think that saves it is the love that it has for that time period is genuine.
This is a "fluff piece", for people who like films like AMELIE and so on. Visually pretty but lacking in substance. It does have cute kittens and puppies and a baby piglet and a very cute trained monkey so this film does have all of that going for it.
This film is so nice that saying anything critical about it makes you feel like a brute. It's the filmic equivalent of a 80% cocoa brownie, sold in a stylish little cardboard box, in a stylish little shop that looks like it's 1900, on a stylish little promenade with chic people pretending they are somewhere and sometime else. No-one wants to harm such a good brownie and such nice people.