Drama / Romance
Roman Doris, Emma Mackie, Pierre Delandonchamps
May 13, 2022
«You will never look at the Eiffel Tower the same way again.»
In the feature film “Eiffel” we meet him in the image of the actor Roman Doris. After designing the metal structure that holds the Statue of Liberty upright, architect Eiffel is challenged to create something unprecedented for the World’s Fair in 1889. Most of all, he wants to design the Paris subway, but during a dinner he meets his ex-girlfriend Adrienne (Emma Mackie) Suddenly, plans changed. They haven’t seen each other in over twenty years, and although she’s now married to an Eiffel political supporter, he’s still overtaken by her in love.
In the past, one witnesses the circumstances that caused their tearing apart. She was from a wealthy family in Bordeaux, and Eiffel was a common man responsible for building a bridge across the river in the same city. Eiffel was by no means a traitor, but he was still far from being the famous engineer he would one day become.
Adrienne’s father refuses to accept their relationship, and orders Eiffel to move on in life.
But now Eiffel has the opportunity to show himself from the most flashy side. He has put aside the idea of building a metro. He wants to build a tower higher than any man has ever done before. Dedicated to Adrian. in the form of “A”.
falsification of history
All that was missing was that the Eiffel Tower didn’t get its own movie dedicated to love. Just like in the movie “Titanic”, the depiction of actual events is combined with a fantasy love drama. Eiffel wanted to marry Adrien, but the relationship did not resume as in the movie. Some might call it a falsification of history, but after watching the movie, one will be left with a very small thought “so what!” Because “Eiffel” is an adventure movie that puts us on a mainstay with panoramic views of Paris. Doing this for a woman with whom he wants to share life, Eiffel only reminds one how beautiful and crazy love can be at the same time.
It feels almost criminal
Completing the miracle is not an easy task for Eiffel. Because when Adrienne’s husband learns that the former spouses are still dealing with each other, he can, by his political influence, stop the construction of the tower. Parisians also oppose the building because they fear it will fall on their heads. The Pope believes it will overshadow Notre Dame, and when workers threaten to strike, Eiffel’s dream of perpetuating his love for women in his life is threatened.
Mackie and Doris give the characters a youthful spark and energy, giving faith in the existence of true love. The strong chemistry between the actors makes the unfinished Eiffel Tower stand as a beautiful backdrop throughout the film.
It can go further
But once you over-photograph a real event so it doesn’t match reality, the movie can also drag it a little further. Because although the building was completed in two years, the work is concentrated on the first floor of the tower. Then it jumps forward abruptly in time, when the entire tower is completed. Although the dangers of working in the tower are by no means underestimated, the dramatic elements associated with working at the height are lacking. Especially since the tower was erected when there was a lack of proper safety equipment, and one wrong move could end fatally. It wouldn’t be lacking if we saw some dramatic special effects related to this work.
But “Eiffel” remains a touching story where historical facts are cleverly mixed with fiction. There is no superficial love story to witness. On the contrary, you feel the desire to travel to Paris, together with your chosen one, to see the tower up close.
There is no better place to declare eternal love for each other.
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