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Paris, je t'aime (2006) - Plot Summary Poster

Plot Summary

  • 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
  • A declaration of love to Paris, the City of Love, through shorts using worldwide directors and cast. (a) "Montmartre": A lonely man helps a woman with hypoglycemia in Montmartre initiating a relationship with her. (b) "Quais de Seine": Three silly mates flirt with many women on the street saying jokes. When the muslin Zarka stumbles on a stone and falls down on the sidewalk, the student of history François helps her. The youngsters feel attraction for each other. (c) "Le Marais": A couple comes to a printer and while the woman discusses a project with the owner, her friend flirts with one employee. (d) "Tuileries": While waiting for the train in the subway, a tourist has problems with a paranoid couple of lovers (e) "Loin du 16o": A poor maid leaves her son in a crèche and travels through Paris to work for a bourgeois mother in a fancy neighborhood. (f) "Porte de Choisy": Absolutely non-sense. (g) "Bastille": A husband meets his wife in a restaurant to tell her that he will leave her for a new love with a stewardess, but she tells him first that she is terminal with leukemia. Her husband hides his feelings and acts like he was still in love for her, and he indeed falls in love for her again. (h) "Place des Victoires": A woman grieves the loss of her beloved son. (i) "Tour Eiffel": A boy recalls how his mimic parents felt in love for each other. (j) "Parc Monceau": A father has a conversation with her daughter walking on the sidewalk about her baby son. (k) "Quartier des Enfants Rouges": An actress buys and uses drugs while waiting for the shot of a movie. (l) "Place des Fetes": The E.M.T. Sophie gives the emergency attendance to a man stabbed in a square. m) "Pigalle": Bob and Fanny meet each other in a bar in Pigalle to bring back some lost sensations. (n) "Quartier de la Madeleine": A tourist backpacker meets a vampire attacking a victim while crossing a bridge. (o) "Père-Lachaise": While visiting the grave of Oscar Wilde in a cemetery, fiancée has an argument with her fiancé and the ghost of Oscar Wilde gives worthwhile advices to the man. (p) "Faubourg Saint-Denis": A blind man and an aspirant actress fall in love for each other. q) "Quartier Latin": A wealthy man meets with his former wife in a restaurant to discuss the terms of their amicable divorce. r) "14ème Arrondissement": A lonely American tourist from Denver declares her love to Paris.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Synopsis

The first segment, titled Montmartre, is directed by and stars Bruno Podalydes. It begins with him driving around the narrow streets of Montmartre...

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