Paris, Je T'aime(2007)
Fall in love with Paris 18 times.
18 short films make up this anthology and love letter to Paris. The filmmakers include Olivier Assayas, the Coen brothers, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer and Gus Van Sant.
BY Flicks Writer
Each short concerns itself with the curiosities of contemporary love, in all its forms. As an anthology of films, of the highest production, we witness that quite astonishing list of directors as they play with that most overlooked artistic medium - the short film.
As a matter of interest it’s worth a look but, as is so often the downfall of such collective ventures (such as New York Stories, Four Rooms), the film as a whole suffers from some shorts being great - others less so.
Standouts include Alexander Payne’s portrait of a middle aged American tourist in search of the romance that Paris implies. A Napoleon Dynamite-esque character traverses the city narrated by her text book, poorly accented French, experiencing the everyday happenings that allows one to fall in love with a city. Typically the Coen brothers and Gus Van Sant produce equally fantastic shorts, showing again their talents manifest in anything they touch.
One failure of the film is an epilogue that tries to tie off to many loose ends. It comes off as too forced. Each short is so stylistically unlike the others that this need not be attempted.
On the whole this is a hard film to get ones teeth into. The five minute stories take a moment to get used to but each one leaves us keen for more. A successful short film should do this, but is ultimately jarring here.
[Reviewed by S.F.]
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Paris, Je T'aime
This film is very interesting - the short films as themselves are great. Each one very well done, at times gorgeous, and intriguing in themselves.
Each is about love - man/woman, man/man, woman/city, mother/child. So it's great to see so many takes on the theme.
But to watch a whole lot of vignettes back to back - with no plot line to carry them all through - is always going to be a bit boring.