Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Paris, je t'aime (2006) [R] ****



If you love Paris, short stories and modern French cinema, and you enjoy films like Love Actually and Sidewalks of New York, you will love this film. The title Paris, je t'aime is translated as Paris, I love you.

The film tells eighteen unrelated stories in 120 minutes, each no longer than seven minutes, and each typically featuring two or three characters. The common thread running through each story is the eternal search for human love and understanding, and the setting is Paris, the beautiful City of Lights. A few of the stories are especially charming, and I wish they had gone on longer, but for the most part, five minutes is just not long enough for me to connect with the characters, and to begin to care about what happens to them.

If you also prefer your Paris-themed romantic comedy-dramas in full-length movies, you might find one the following films more to your liking. They are all filmed at least partly in Paris:  2 Days in Paris, A Little Romance, Amélie, ... And They Lived Happily Ever After, Avenue Montaigne, Before Sunset, Forget Paris, French Kiss, Love Me If You Dare, Midnight in Paris, Moulin Rouge, My Wife is an Actress, Paris, Private Fears in Public Places, and Sabrina (1995). Or simply check this list of The Best Movies Set in Paris


Labels: drama, Paris, romance  

InternetMovie Database   
Metacritic 66/100   
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=71, viewers=76)    
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