Paris, je t'aimeDirector: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet
Twenty acclaimed filmmakers from around the world look at love in the City of Lights in this omnibus feature. Paris, Je T'Aime features 18 short stories, each set in a different part of Paris and each featuring a different cast and director (two segments were produced by two filmmakers in collaboration). In "Faubourg Saint-Denis," Tom Tykwer directs Natalie Portman as an American actress who is the object of affection for a blind student (Melchior Belson). Christopher Doyle's "Porte de Choisy" follows a salesman (Barbet Schroeder) as he tries to pitch beauty aids in Chinatown. Nick Nolte and Ludivine Sagnier are father and daughter in "Parc Monceau" from Alfonso Cuarón. Animator Sylvain Chomet turns his eye to a pair of living, breathing mimes in "Tour Eiffel." An interracial romance in France is offered by Gurinder Chadha in "Quais de Seine." In "Le Marais" from Gus Van Sant, a man (Gaspard Ulliel) finds himself falling for a handsome gent (Elias McConnell) who works in a print shop. Isabel Coixet tells the tale of a man (Sergio Castellitto) who is making his final choice between his wife (Miranda Richardson) and his lover (Leonor Watling) in "Bastille." Juliette Binoche plays a grieving mother in Nobuhiro Suwa's "Place des Victoires," in which she's greeted by a spectral cowboy (Willem Dafoe). Richard LaGravanese's "Pigalle" finds a long-married man (Bob Hoskins) turning to a prostitute for advice on pleasing his wife (Fanny Ardant). Gérard Depardieu and Frédéric Auburtin direct Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara as longtime marrieds meeting for one final pre-divorce encounter in "Quartier Latin." Steve Buscemi learns a lesson about local etiquette in the Paris Metro in "Tuileries" from Joel and Ethan Coen. In "Loin du 16ème" by Walter Salles, a housekeeper (Catalina Sandino Moreno) longs for her own child as she tends to the infant of her wealthy employer. Elijah Wood stars in "Quartier de la Madeleine," a vampire tale from Vincenzo Natali. Wes Craven presents another fantasy in "Père-Lachaise," in which an engaged young man (Rufus Sewell) receives romantic advice from the spirit of Oscar Wilde (Alex Payne). A postal worker from Colorado (Margo Martindale) shares her thoughts on her visit to Paris in mangled French in Alexander Payne's witty "14th Arrondissement." Other segments include "Place des Fêtes" from Oliver Schmitz, Bruno Podalydès' "Montmartre," and "Quartier des Enfants Rouges" by Olivier Assayas, which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal. Paris, Je T'Aime received its world premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
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- Original Release:
- Alchemy / Millennium
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|Catalina Sandino Moreno||Actor|
|Gus Van Sant||Director|
|Pierre Adenot||Score Composer|
|Rafi Chaudry||Executive Producer|
|Bettina von den Steinen||Production Designer|
|Henry Jacob||Associate Producer|
|Frank L. Moss||Associate Producer|
|Burkhard Von Schenk||Co-producer|
|Vincent Tulli||Sound/Sound Designer|
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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 mood, and each vignette is a little bit of sweetness or sorrow. Lovely, thought provoking piece of cinema.
Be warned that the BluRay version of "Paris Je T'aime" is technically flawed. The standard DVD includes standard English subtitles. But the BluRay version does not -- only English SDH for hearing impaired, so you also see sound descriptions such as "Cat meows", "Door slams", etc. To make matters worse the subtitle font is large and obtrusive. It is an annoying viewing experience. The BluRay video quality is stunning and beautiful.
It's a clever idea, but many of these short films were downright painful to watch. There are a few gems, but overall I'd take a pass on this one.
My friends told me we had to go see this collection of films. They said "Let's go see "Paris, je t'aime!" (I had no idea what they were talking about, and I'm usually on top of new wide, limited, and independent releases). I said on the way in, "It better be good!"------- I was hooked within minutes. Each film has its own style, its own story, and its own director, which makes for a wonderful 2 hours of entertainment. A few familiar faces show up such as actors Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, Willem Dafoe, and Directors Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, and the Coen Brothers- creating a wonderful blend of genres and styles. I can't recommend this collection more.
you won't fall in love with every single short film but you will fall in love with a few, and that is enough to merit an outstanding rating. after all, those few that do stick with you will stick with you for good. each film presents a unique style and vision, all on the subject of love, be it the first-timer, the rekindler, the eccentric, or whatever. I believe there is a piece in this collection for everyone and the film as a whole is diverse but all the while cohesive in its theme: love. in the end, it's a feel-good film that surely needs to be praised and shared with others, because you can never have too much love in this world!