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"Paris je t'aime": a travel guide to the City of light 
17e-aoû-2006 01:49 pm
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Synopsis: "Paris, je t'aime" (Paris, I love you) is a 2006 film starring Elijah Wood, Emily Mortimer, Natalie Portman, Nick Nolte, Gérard Depardieu, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Willem Dafoe, Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Miranda Richardson and others. The two-hour film consists of eighteen five-minute arrondissements (all twenty were planned, but two fell through). Each arrondissement is directed by a different director. Some of them are Wes Craven, Walter Salles, Joel and Ethan Coen, Alexander Payne, Gus Van Sant, Tom Tykwer and Alfonso Cuarón.

It was announced on March 7, 2006 that Paris, je t'aime would open the selection Un Certain Regard on May 18 at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. As Cannes approached, there were rumors that the film might not even end up being screened, as there were reports of a disagreement over some of the content between producers Benbihy and Ossard. It was then reported that the film would be screened, with 18 shorts. The film was screened, shown at Cannes on May 18.

(The woman in the red coat on the poster is an obscured Miranda Richardson).

 One City. 10 Million Hearts. One Love Story. One Film.

Through the neighbourhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened
A pleiad of internationally renowned directors rediscover the city of Paris in a collective work about love.


I wanted to post in my lj an entry all about the graceful and lovely movie that is "Paris je t'aime". I've seen it in theaters some weeks ago but it stills on my head. I just loved it. It's a serie of 18 short movies, 18 love stories, 18 unique moments in people' s life. It's about love like the title said but love in general, love between 2 persons "in love", love between a mother and his little boy, between 2 young people who don't know each other and have just met, 2 strangers in Paris etc. It's about opportunities in life, passion but also loneliness. This film covers all the bases of romantic storytelling, in an unique and quirky way. 
Sometimes the movie can be a little strange, bizarre and hard to follow. Some directors chose to show Paris in a very abstract and artistic way. It's a movie essentially about love and Paris but also about art. It's a declaration of love for the city of light and the art of cinematography. It can be melancolic, funny, moving, touching, blowing, sad, soft, and always intriguing.
We have all different sensibility and tastes, so some short movies can talk to us more than others. 
My favorite are "Quais de scene"  (about young love, love at first sight) by Gurinder Chadha, the director of "Bent it like Beckham", "Tuileries" by the Coen Brothers (with a very funny Steve Buscemi as a tourist)), and "Faubourg St Denis" with the absolutly charming Natalie Portman (that short movie deals with precious moments in a relationship, it's very beautifully shoot). But for me,  the best of all was the last one: "14ème arrondissement" by Alexander Payne (who also directed the amazing "Sideways"). The writing was simply awesome, touching and so sad that I cried during the last scene. This last short movie shows us an american woman who discovers Paris for the very first time. She's alone, middle-aged and feels extremely lonely. But she feels that Paris gives her a warm welcome.

It's an universal and multilangual movie, a conceptual achievement, that everyone should see. A movie based on the same idea about New York and Tokyo are alrealdy on their way!

Want to see what it looks like??

You can see the trailer here: http://www.allocine.fr/film/video_gen_cfilm=46401.html

The soundtrack is like the movie, unique and original, you can listen some extracts here: http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B000FS9J9A/sr=8-1/qid=1155737617/ref=pd_ka_1/171-2850534-7969859?ie=UTF8&s=gateway

ps: I'm french, and like you can see, my english is not very good. Sorry for the mistakes!!
5e-jan-2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
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