Over the last three-plus decades I’ve felt soothed and stirred by the performances of French actress Nathalie Baye, and particularly by her angelic pixie smile. I’ve also succumbed many times to the curious way her little-bird vibe has manifested into erotic intrigue. So I was delighted to lunch with her today at a tres elegant restaurant inside the Helmsley Park Lane on Central Park South. I’m a rabbit running late and way behind the clock, so I’ll pass along the particulars tomorrow.

Nathalie Baye at Garden Cafe inside Helmsley Park Lane hotel — Friday, 10.15, 1:25 pm.

Baye is here to kick off a Film Society of Lincoln Center/uniFrance career tribute that begins tonight and runs through 10.21. My favorite performance? I have three actually. Her stranger on a train in Bertrand Blier‘s Notre Histoire, her Cesar-winning performance in Le Petit Lieutenant, and her costarring role in Blier’s Beau Pere. The first two are being shown as part of the series.