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Paavo, a Life in Five Courses

2010 | 71 min | R unknown | documentary

Finnish farm boy Paavo Turtiainen is hired into the Parisian household of Swedish theatre producer Lars Schmidt and his wife, actress Ingrid Bergman. The couple “adopts” and trains Paavo to navigate among the rich and famous. Later on, Paavo becomes the personal secretary for Schmidt and Bergman. His responsibilities include building up the personal archives of both Schmidt and Bergman. Ms. Bergman’s archives are now at the film archives of Wesleyan University and Schmidt’s archives are in the United States Library of Congress. After Schmidt and Bergman divorce Paavo decides to settle permanently in New York. His first clients are friends of Schmidt: celebrities and business personalities Paavo has met while working in Paris and on Dannholmen, a Swedish island owned by Schmidt. Eventually, Paavo becomes an acclaimed chef and event planner for high society. Along the way, he has learned to stand on his own feet.


About the movie

Subjects

  • english
  • french
  • history
  • social studies

Keywords

  • America
  • domestic
  • equality
  • France
  • growth story
  • identity and growing
  • social class differences

Genres

  • documentary

Playlists

  • based on true events

Age limits

  • R unknown

Studios

  • Handle Productions