Heidi Ellison

Heidi Ellison, a long-time Paris resident, is a freelance journalist specializing in art, travel and literature. Her articles have been published in dozens of international publications, and she has contributed to a number of guidebooks on Paris and France.


Actresses Acting Up

January 1, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

How strange to watch a deeply misogynistic film written, directed by and starring women. In Actrices, directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, most of the female characters are depicted as highly irrational and hysterical (if not insane) sexual predators whose main … Read More

Faut que Ça Danse

The Tyranny of the Family

November 27, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

If Tolstoy were alive today, he might have rephrased the famous first sentence of Anna Karenina to read: “Happy families are all alike; every dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own way.” Faut que ça Danse (Gotta Dance), directed by … Read More

Hôtel Pavillon Nation

October 30, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Stars Come Out in Humble Hood Original design touches include sinks made of white pebbles embedded in red resin. As real estate costs rise and gentrification spreads through Paris, the area around Nation, once considered a less-than-desirable residential backwater on … Read More

Le Severo

September 18, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Here’s the Beef Le Severo owner William Bernet stands proud in front of his menu. Simplicity and goodness rule at Le Severo. This is the place to go when you crave a big hunk of flavorful beef with a side … Read More

La Rentrée Littéraire Sept. 2007

September 11, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Books

Après le Déluge The usual tsunami of new works of fiction is being published in France again this fall: 727, to be precise, 493 of them written in French, including 102 first novels. The hot ticket of the season, however, … Read More