PARIS JE T'AIME

Directors/Writers:
Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emanuelle Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel and Ethan Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer and Gus Van Sant.

Screenplay:
Tristan Carné (idea)

Cast (among others):
Gaspard
(Le Marais): Gaspard Ulliel
The Tourist
(Tuileries): Steve Buscemi
Suzanne
(Place des Victoires): Juliette Binoche
Claire
(Parc Monceau): Ludivine Sagnier
Fanny
(Pigalle): Fanny Ardant
Francine
(Faubourg Saint Denis): Nathalie Portman
Café’s Owner
(Quartier Latin): Gérard Depardieu

Running time: 116’
Production: France, 2006
Rating: R (for language)
Gauge: 35mm (color)

Distributor:
Swank Motion Pictures

 




"Each segment was written or co-written by its helmer, except "Quartier Latin," which was penned by Gena Rowlands but co-helmed by Gerard Depardieu and Frederic Auburtin. Some installments boast definite punchlines, while others capture a mood or offer up an open-ended slice of life. The 18 episodes have been strung together in an order that feels right, balanced about as well as can be hoped for with no real narrative cement except the umbrella brief to make a five minute love story in the assigned quarter."
Lisa, Nesselson, Variety.

Paris, je t'aime is a patchwork of eighteen short films by different directors. Each one had to tell a story located in one of Paris' “arrondissements” in less than five minutes and on a relatively tight budget. This atypical collective film bears the hallmark of major international filmmakers and the names of stellar actors such as Natalie Portman, Gena Rowlands, Elijah Wood, Ben Gazzara and Catherine Deneuve. Among the many witty and serendipitous narratives that make up this portrayal of Paris, a young foreign worker moves from her own domestic situation into her employer's bourgeois environs; an American starlet finds escape as she is shooting a movie, a man is torn between his wife and his lover, a father grapples with his complex relationship with his daughter. Paris, je t'aime offers an interesting perspective on how foreign directors see Paris. Although they are all different in style, the films find a unity in the theme that they explore. They all tell a story about the sometimes fragile relationships that bind people who have recently met or who have known each other well.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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