PARIS JE T'AIME
Corruption in the City of Love
Release Date: July 06, 2007
Starring: Marianne Faithfull, Elias McConnell, Steve Buscemi, Barbet Schroeder, Miranda Richardson, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bob Hoskins, Elijah Wood, Rufus Sewell, Natalie Portman, Gérard Depardieu, Ben Gazzara, and Gena Rowlands
Runtime: 120 minutes
Distributor: First Look Pictures
Director: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel 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
Producer: Emmanuel Benbihy and Claudie Ossard
Address Comments To:Chris Cooney, CEO/Chairman
Ruth Vitale, President
First Look Pictures
A division of Overseas Filmgroup
8800 Sunset Blvd., East PH
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 337-1000
Fax: (323) 337-1037
As one might imagine, some of the segments are better than others. This can work for or against the movie. If you don’t like a certain segment, you’re in luck because each short lasts about eight minutes, only to be replaced by another. However, a number of the shorts are intriguing. Thus, viewers will want to know more about these characters and their story, but after eight minutes, they don’t get to revisit the characters again, except for a very brief bridging montage showing several of the segments’ characters walking the streets of Paris.
Not knowing much about the film beforehand, one would think that all the stories would be connected, or at least that the movie would revisit some of the characters again. By the “end” of many of the shorts, however, too much is left open and the stories are merely being introduced rather than really concluded. Incorporating a traditional three-act structure into eight minutes is incredibly difficult, so it is unreasonable to expect the directors to do so every time. However, there should have been some sort of resolution to each story, or at the very least, a well-incorporated “cliffhanger”-type ending.
Because these segments have no cohesive, underlying connection, the movie seems tedious. Consequently, the audience must reorient themselves in an entirely new segment 20 times in two hours.
While some segments may be appropriate for families, parents should not let their children near this movie, as some segments have vulgar language, implied sex, drug and alcohol use, and/or blood and violence. Because these segments are all screened together as one feature, the inappropriate segments are unavoidable. In addition, each segment expresses a different worldview (those that are both positive and negative) that many children may find difficult to understand. The movie has a predominantly humanist worldview, but there are some Romantic, moral, and Christian elements as well.
In concept, this movie sounds like a winner. Many of the segments were excellent, but just as many were not. The half that are great are brought down by the half that are not, measuring out to a pallid movie that is only worth your time if you have the patience. Even then, you might find yourself constantly checking the clock.
PARIS JE T’AIME is an interesting, albeit sometimes tedious, movie that has little to no payoff in the end. The shorts seem to be more of a kickoff to a greater story but never get there in the end. While some segments may be appropriate for families, parents should not let their children near this movie, as some segments have foul language, brief sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or blood and violence. Because these segments are all screened together as one feature, the inappropriate segments are unavoidable. In addition, each segment expresses a different worldview (both positive and negative) that many children may find difficult to understand. The movie has a predominantly humanist worldview but has some Romantic, moral, and Christian elements as well.