Release Date: May 4th, 2007 (Landmark Sunshine Cinemas and the Paris Theatre) by First Look Pictures.
The Cast Fanny Ardant, Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Sergio Castellitto, Willem Dafoe, Gérard Depardieu, Marianne Faithfull, Ben Gazzara, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bob Hoskins, Margo Martindale, Emily Mortimer, Nick Nolte, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Natalie Portman, Miranda Richardson, Gena Rowlands, Ludivine Sagnier, Rufus Sewell, Gaspard Ulliel, Elijah Wood
Directed by Bruno Podalydes, Gurinder Chadha, Gus Van Sant, Joel and Ethan Coen, Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, Christopher Doyle, Isabelle Coixet, Nobuhiro Suwa, Sylvain Chomet, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard LaGravanese, Olivier Assayas, Olivier Schmitz, Tetsuo Negata, Wes Craven, Gerard Depardieu, Frederic Auburtin, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Vincenzo Natali.
BASIC PREMISE: 18 short stories by 20 directors about Paris, the city of love.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Paris, je t’aime has a conglomerate of many short segments that show different perspectives of Paris which blend genres such as comedy, romance, drama, surrealism and even some chills. Fortunately, none of these segments have the same characters, which would made it extremely headache-inducing. The most entertaining shorts include the first one, Tour Eiffel, by director Sylvain Chomet, which has the similar quirky, dry humor found in Chomet’s brilliant animated film The Triplets of Belleville. Also, there’s Tom Tykwer’s very imaginative and well-shot Faubourg Saint-Denis with the radiant Natalie Portman, and the Coen brother’s wickedly funny Tuileres with Steve Buscemi as a tourist in a Paris subway station and has an unexpected interaction with a couple. The most surprisingly sweet segment is Gurinder Chadha’s Quais de Seine about a young French man who flirts with a Muslim girl who wears a veil. In more intense and chilling shorts, Elijah Wood becomes a vampire in Quartier de la Madeleine by Vincenzo Natali and Pere-Lachaise with Emily Mortimer. Segments with Maggie Gyllenaal, Gérard Depardieu and Juliette Binoche feel rather bland and forgettable. The most romantic segment is QUARTIER LATIN co-directed by Gerard Depardieu and Frederic Auburtin and starring the charming Gena Rowlands. Paris, je t’aime culminates with the short 14th Arrondissement by Alexander Payne, a bittersweet and funny gem about a middle-aged American tourist (Margo Martindale) sitting on a bench in Paris and speaks her thoughts about Paris with lots of mispronunciations.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than how different Paris feels depending on your perspective and which district you’re in.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: A few bland, dull segments.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4
IN A NUTSHELL: Enchanting, despite a few dull and bland segments. A bittersweet ode to the City of Love.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater
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