21 Days in Paris

Category: Feature (101 pages)

Genre: Surreal Romance



Logline: While in a coma after an accident, an American art professor dreams of meeting his soulmate in Paris. Upon waking from the coma, he goes to Paris to discover whether the woman he loves is real or a fantasy.

Dear Producer: 

If you were a fan of The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you'll fall in love with my feature screenplay - 21 Days in Paris. 


My son-in-law, assistant director Grégoire Jeudy, (who worked on two Luc Besson films - Lucy, and Valerian and the City of Ten Thousand Planets), as well as Midnight in Paris, wrote: 'This is a charming story; the end was particularly satisfying.' His IMDb profile is here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2847892/  


An ISA Development Slate reader wrote: '21 Days in Paris is a compelling, well-crafted script, with a fun pace. The visuals and setting are very well done.' A BlueCat reader wrote: '21 Days in Paris is a script that's entirely unique, transporting the audience to a dream world. It feels like a love letter to Paris, a journey in the city of romance through an optimist's eyes.'


Ryan Hollister, an American art professor in a coma after an accident, dreams he’s in Paris, where he meets and falls in love with a French woman named Aurélie. On the eve of his proposing marriage, in a pedicab near a Jewish deli, a bomb goes off. Ryan wakes in a hospital in Seattle. Certain Aurélie exists in the real world, Ryan flies to Paris to find her. After a failed search, Ryan goes to a bar (La Fée Verte - the Green Fairy), to drown his sorrows with absinthe, and meets a young woman named Gina, who says she used to know Aurélie at École des Beaux-Arts. At Gina’s apartment, while trying to seduce Ryan, she shows him a photo of Aurélie. Ryan realizes it’s Thursday, the same day Aurélie and he went to the Musée d’Orsay in his dream, (and where he also met Degas and a ballerina that sprang from one of Degas’s paintings). On a sidewalk near the museum, a woman runs past and he realizes it is Aurélie, because she carries a potted grapevine as she did on a Métro train when they first met. He follows her to a Métro station, and they meet, and share they’ve seen each other in their dreams.


My screenplays have placed in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Competition, Byron Bay, BlueCat, Cinequest, Scriptapalooza, Slamdance, Script Pipeline, the Honolulu Film Awards, WeScreenplay, and other contests.



Denis Mortenson                  

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