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Paris, je t'aime (2006)

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

Writers:

Tristan Carné (original idea), Emmanuel Benbihy (transitions) | 30 more credits »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Fanny (segment "Pigalle")
Julie Bataille Julie Bataille ... Julie (segment "Tuileries")
Leïla Bekhti ... Zarka (segment "Quais de Seine")
Melchior Derouet ... Thomas (segment "Faubourg Saint-Denis") (as Melchior Beslon)
Juliette Binoche ... Suzanne (segment "Place des Victoires")
Seydou Boro Seydou Boro ... Hassan (segment "Place des Fetes")
Steve Buscemi ... Le touriste (segment "Tuileries")
Sergio Castellitto ... Le mari (segment "Bastille")
Willem Dafoe ... Le cowboy (segment "Place des Victoires")
Gérard Depardieu ... Le patron (segment "Quartier Latin")
Cyril Descours Cyril Descours ... François (segment "Quais de Seine")
Lionel Dray Lionel Dray ... Ken (segment "Quartier des Enfants Rouges")
Marianne Faithfull ... Marianne (segment "Le Marais")
Ben Gazzara ... Ben (segment "Quartier Latin")
Hippolyte Girardot ... Le père (segment "Place des Victoires")
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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

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Stories of love from the heart of the city 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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Language:

French | English | Spanish | Mandarin | Arabic

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paris, je t'aime See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,242, 6 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,857,376, 5 August 2007
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In "Bastille", when Marie-Christine drops her cell phone, it lands somewhere near her knee. In the next shot, it is next to her hand. See more »

Quotes

The Husband: [In voice-over narration] By acting like a man in love, he became a man in love again.
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Connections

References Full Moon in Paris (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Tourbillon
Written by Serge Rezvani
Performed by Miranda Richardson
(P) 2006 Victoires International
(C) 1962 & 1988 warner Chappell Music France
With the permission of Warner Chappell Music France
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A wonderful, beautiful homage, but maybe too many parts in the whole for a single sitting
16 February 2007 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

A smorgasbord of talent. Twenty glimpses of Paris - its different suburbs. High quality shorts masterfully united.

A veiled woman intrigues us to the beauty beneath her hijab. Gus Van Sant delights with a flirtation between two young boys (and with a surprise revelation). Steve Buscemi's mind-boggling tourist guide accompanies him through a surreal Coen Brothers encounter in the Metro. Maggie Gyllenhaal gets stoned off her face preparing for an acting role. Bob Hoskins hangs out in sleazy Pigalle. Elijah Wood discovers his inner vampire. Oscar Wilde's burial place inspires one humourless would-be bridegroom and saves his relationship. Tom Tykwer takes us running through the streets of Saint-Denis with a blind man in love. Gérard Depardieu is a bartender and a host of other stars and directors charm us with strange and original tales of love in the city of love itself.

These vignettes are a whirlwind tour of the heart of each arrondissement, but they focus on Frenchness, or Parisienness rather than over-exploiting famous landmarks . . . which makes it all the more fun recognising the locales. The quality is superb - each short film is almost a masterclass - but the overall effect can be weariness. Such a torrent of shorts leaves no room to develop an overall momentum, however skilfully knitted together. Each touches our emotions in different ways. Yet it is like nibbling for nearly two hours in the kitchens of the best chefs. At the end we are exhausted and hungry.

The concept of Paris Je t'Aime is a beautiful one. This film is a permanent and worthy homage to the great city. But as cinema it seems sadly unsatisfying.


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