Paris, je t'aime is about the plurality of cinema in one mythic location: Paris, the City of Love. Twenty filmmakers have five minutes each; the audience must weave a single narrative out of twenty moments. The 20 moments are fused by transitional interstitial sequences and also via the introduction and epilogue. Each transition begins with the last shot of the previous film and ends with the first shot of the following film, extending the enchantment and the emotion of the previous segment, preparing the audience for a surprise, and providing a cohesive atmosphere. There's a reappearing mysterious character who is a witness to the Parisian life. A common theme of Paris and love fuses all. Written by
Julio Medem was attached to the project for a long time. He was supposed to direct one of the segments, but he finally fell off because of schedule conflicts with the filming of Chaotic Ana (2007). See more »
In the last segment, where the grave of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir is shown, the audio and subtitles both say Simon Bolivar.
This is not a goof; rather, it is showing that Carol (Margo Martindale's character) is not completely confident in French and/or history. See more »
Haven't we met? I'm sure I know you. Where do you live? I'm in the 17th. Maybe I've seen you around. You don't talk much. I'm not sure, but... I feel like I've seen you before. You look like a mystical guy. Really, you have a very special aura. You believe in spirits? I'm way into that stuff. Maybe we met in a past lifetime.
[lights his cigarette]
It's amazing. As soon as I saw you, I needed to talk. It's like... I don't know. A strong, ...
[...] See more »
Just saw this tonight at a seminar on digital projection (shot on 35mm,
and first feature film fully scanned in 6k mastered in 4k, and
projected with 2k projector at ETC/USC theater in Hwd)..so much for
tech stuff. 18 directors (including Alexander Payne, Wes Cravens, Joel
and Ethan Coen, Gus Van Sant, Walter Salles and Gerard Depardieu, among
several good French/ international directors) were each given 5 minutes
to make a love story. They come in all shapes and forms, with known
actors(Elijah Wood, Natalie Portman, Steve Buscemi ..totally
hilarious..., Maggie Glyllenhall, Nick Nolte, Geena Rowlands ..soo
good..and she actually wrote the piece she was in, Msr Depardieu and
many good international actors as well. The stories vary from all out
romance to quirky comedy to Alex Payne's touching study of a woman
discovering herself to Van Sant and one of those things that happens
anywhere..maybe? Nothing really off putting by having French spoken in
most sequences (with English subtitles) and a small amount of actual
English spoken, though that will probably relegate it to art houses (a
la Diva.) Also only one piece that might be considered "experimental"
but colorful and funny as well, the rest simple studies of sometimes
complex relationships. All easy to follow (unless the "experimental"
one irritates your desire for a formulaic story. Several brought up
some emotions for me...I admit I am affected by love in cinema...when
it is presented in something other than sentimentality. I even laughed
at a mime piece, like no other I have seen (thank you for that!) The
film hit its peak, for me, somewhere around a little more than half way
through, then the last two sequences picked up again. Some beautiful
shots of Paris at night, lush romantic kind of music, usually used to
good effect, not just schmaltz for "emotions" in sound, generally good
cinematography, though some shots seemed soft focus when it couldn't
have meant to have been (main character in shot/scene). Pacing of each
film was good, and overall structure, though a bit long (they left out
two of what was to be 20 films, but said all would be on the DVD)
seemed to vary between tones of the films to keep a good balance. Not
sure when it comes out, but a good study of how to make a 5 min film
work..and sometimes, what doesn't work (if it covers too much time,
emotionally, for a short film.) Should be in region one when released,
but they didn't know when.
42 of 62 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?