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Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Florence Muller ...
La jeune femme (segment "Montmartre")
Bruno Podalydès ...
L'automobiliste (segment "Montmartre") (as Bruno Podalydes)
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Zarka (segment "Quais de Seine")
Cyril Descours ...
François (segment "Quais de Seine")
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Marianne (segment "Le Marais")
Elias McConnell ...
Elie (segment "Le Marais")
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Gaspard (segment "Le Marais")
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Le touriste (segment "Tuileries")
Julie Bataille ...
Julie (segment "Tuileries")
Axel Kiener ...
Axel (segment "Tuileries")
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Ana (segment "Loin du 16e")
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Madame Li (segment "Porte de Choisy")
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Monsieur Henny (segment "Porte de Choisy")
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La femme au trench rouge (segment "Bastille")
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Le mari (segment "Bastille")
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Storyline

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 Emmanuel Benbihy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

love | tourist | actress | pigalle | restaurant | See more »

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Stories of Love. From the City of Love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 June 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,242 (USA) (4 May 2007)

Gross:

$4,857,376 (USA) (3 August 2007)
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Trivia

Since the Coen Brothers knew they only had two days to shoot their sequence and were working on a very tight schedule, they elected to mount it in a metro station just in case it might rain. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hassan: [Injured and bleeding] I just got stung by a lousy mosquito. These neighborhoods are dangerous. Lagos is safer. What's your name?
Sophie: Sophie.
Hassan: I'd give you my card but I have none left. Too bad! Sophie, fancy a cup of coffee? Go on! Can I massage your feet?
Sophie: Why would I let you?
Hassan: Because they hurt.
Sophie: They do?
Hassan: You were running in my dreams all night... Please have coffee with me.
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References Babar (1989) See more »

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True Façade
Written by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil
Segment "Faubourg Saint-Denis"
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The bizarre and beautiful language of love...
24 June 2006 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

Although I live in Minnesota, I have been studying in France lately and came across this bizarre gem of a film.

This movie was amazing, to say the least. A creative and unique film, the different directors each lent something different to their interpretation of love in the City of Light. The first instinct is to attempt to fit each one of these little stories into an overall storyline, much as can be done with 2003's Love Actually. This attempt, however, renders the magic of each individual segment obsolete. When taken at face value, with each of the short segments taken as its own individual film, the love stories together tell a beautiful message.

The film is strikingly bizarre at times -- often to the point of confusion -- and each individual segment can be hard to follow. Still, to a watcher who pays close attention to each of the segments, the short plot lines become clear after a short time. The confusion is almost intriguing; it keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for what will come next. It leaves the viewer wondering "Did that really just happen?" yet also leaves them satisfied that it did, indeed, occur. It's the kind of movie where the viewer, upon leaving the theater, can't actually decide whether they loved it or they hated it. The initial reaction is to go and watch it again and again, just to see these individual lives blend together into a cinematic masterpiece.

The interesting decision to make the movie multilingual adds something to the spectrum of people who can relate. It adds to the reality of the film -- here, the American tourists speak English, the Parisians French, and so on. The number of people that the film encompasses leads to an understanding of the international language of love.

From sickness to the supernatural, the love of parents to the love of husbands, this film covers all the bases of romantic storytelling. In its beautiful and quirky way, each unique event somehow falls into place to tell a story: that of all types, sizes, nationalities, and shapes of love.


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