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Paris, je t'aime

A 2006 international anthology film comprising of 18 short films set in Paris, France.

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A Love Song to Paris

  • Nov 23, 2007
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Paris Je T'aime

A Love Song to Paris

Amos Lassen

Ah, Paree!...city of lights and love, beauty and art and "Paris Je T'aime" looks at the city in eighteen short films. Each film has a different director and the theme of each is not just Paris but love. With 18 films, it stands to reason that some of them will be very good and some not so good. The movie stimulates and each film, set in a different district of the city. Shows us Paris that many of us might not otherwise see. There is variety in both story and scene and the movies charm the eye. I got the impression if there was one thing that linked all of the films together was that they all seem to focus on the pivotal moment in character's lives. Otherwise they are simply connected by the fact that they all take place in Paris. All aspects of love are captured here--gay, straight, romantic, familial, unrequited, self-love and love that has passed its prime.
It is only natural to have favorites and I found myself drawn to several of the films. "Place des Victoires" starring the wonderful Juliette Binoche is a tale of a mother who deals with the loss of her son and cannot seem to find comfort until she is visited by an imaginary cowboy played by William Dafoe. "Quartier de la Madeleine" directed by Vincenzo Natali is a spooky and colorless look at a gothic love tale. Elijah Wood plays a young American tourist walking through the streets of Paris late one night. He sees blood and follows its trail where he finds a beautiful vampire dining on a victim. The two are attracted to each other and the story ends before we find out what will be their fate.
Short films are much like their literary counterpoint--there is not much time to develop and impress or impact. We must watch quickly and make quick assumptions. I, myself, love Paris and I have many fond memories of when I was studying there but I had also forgotten much about some of the districts where I often walked. With these eighteen short films, I fell in love with Paris again eighteen times. The glory of being human is reflected in this series of short films and seeing how diverse the human condition is made me feel good to be alive. Watching the film reminded me of sitting down with a box of Godiva chocolate and not knowing what each one was before I bit in. Each was good to a point and after finishing the box, I realized what a wonderful

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review by . August 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
What happens in Paris.....
Paris, Je T'aime is a series of seemingly unrelated vignettes, each about 5 minutes long. As the film progresses, connections begin to build. This is a movie about Paris and the way this enigmatic, iconic city affects those who live there or visit, and each of the short segments has a charm of its own. Happy or sad, tragic or hopeful, these characters, whom we have barely enough time to know, make their humanity manifest in all the most important ways. The scenic elements are fantastic, setting …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
Interesting mix of vignettes of life in Paris by many different directors.
review by . April 23, 2009
Paris, Je T'aime is a series of seemingly unrelated vignettes, each about 5 minutes long. As the film progresses, connections begin to build. This is a movie about Paris and the way this enigmatic, iconic city effects those who live there or visit, and each of the short segments has a charm of its own. Happy or sad, tragic or hopeful, these characters, whom we have barely enough time to know, make their humanity manifest in all the most important ways. The scenic elements are fantastic, setting …
review by . October 07, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
It's always fun to have a film experience where one can go through new territory that stimulates and surprises. 'Paris Je' T'aime' is such a movie. Made like an exceptional French five-course meal, we are given mini-films that are shot and set in different arrondissements (districts, roughly) in Paris, France. Sporting an all-star cast and directed by a who's who of directors, `Paris...' offers a tasty variety of stories and scenes. While certain courses will always be favorites, all the items are …
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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Even with the impressive talent involved,Paris, je t'aime could've ended up like a fallen soufflé. Though all 18 films aren't equally successful, they hit the mark more often than not. Romantics anticipating happy love stories set amongst the City of Lights may be disappointed to find that many are quite sad and that some parts of Paris are less inviting than others (each takes place in a different district). Further, the shorts aren't all en Français, since the actors and directors hail from around the world, but their outsider perspectives lend the project depth. The strongest entries are provided by Gurinder Chadha (Quais De Seine), Gus Van Sant (Le Marais), Oliver Schmitz (Place des Fêtes), and Alexander Payne (14ème Arrondissement), but all find interesting ways to explore cultural misunderstandings. In Joel and Ethan Coen's tragic-comic Tuileries, tourist Steve Buscemi angers a couple simply by making eye contact. Like Miranda Richardson in Isabelle Coixet's heartbreaking Bastille, he does all his acting with his expressive face. And while Maggie Gyllenhaal speaks the language adroitly in Olivier Assayas's intriguing Quartier des Enfants Rouges, Nick Nolte (purposefully) mangles it in Alfonso Cuarón's surprisingly weak Parc Monceau. The anthology ends with Payne's audio-postcard, in which Margo Martindale's postal carrier narrates her vacation in awkward, but endearing French. Instead of another ...
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