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Paris, je t’aime-DVD Review 08/28/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Cannes Film Festival, Comedy, Dark Comedy, Dark Drama, Emotional Drama, French language film, Movies, Romance.
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Paris, je t’aime (French) 2006

OFFICIAL SELECTION, Un certain regard, Cannes Film Festival

A collection of very short pieces by twenty noted directors, whose sole directive was to create a film with the theme Paris, je t’aime (Paris, I love you).

What they produced is a motley set of films characteristic of the individual directors: some are touching, some are funny, some are romantic, some are weird. The theme of “loving Paris” is sometimes approached from a very tangential angle.

Many familiar faces appear, such as Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, Marianne Faithfull, and Juliette Binoche. Altogether, this is a very enjoyable DVD, and I don’t know that I’d be able to pick a favorite piece, since they are so very different. There were only a couple that I thought were not up to par with the majority.

Even the piece with mimes took an unusual approach that I could identify with (a prisoner begs to be released from the same jail cell as a pair of mimes).

There has since been a similar project, New York, I Love You, that I haven’t seen. The reviews are not as favorable.

120 min. Rated R. Language and drug use. Adult themes.

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Paris, Je T’Aime (Paris, I Love You)

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