A ex-dancer has a heart problem and even with a transplant, he may still only have a few months to live. Time's spent looking at people/life in Paris from his balcony. His single mom sister moves in with her 3 kids to look after him.


Cédric Klapisch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Roland Verneuil
Romain Duris ... Pierre
Joffrey Platel Joffrey Platel ... Rémy
Mélanie Laurent ... Laetitia
Karin Viard ... La boulangère
Albert Dupontel ... Jean
Zinedine Soualem ... Mourad
Annelise Hesme ... Victoire
Audrey Marnay ... Marjolaine
Xavier Robic Xavier Robic ... Présentateur télé
Farida Khelfa Farida Khelfa ... Farida
Suzanne Von Aichinger Suzanne Von Aichinger ... Suzy 'Miss Bidoche'
Marco Prince Marco Prince ... Disco
François Cluzet ... Philippe Verneuil
Juliette Binoche ... Élise


Pierre, a professional dancer, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life, he has nothing better to do than look at the people around him, from the balcony of his Paris apartment. When Elise, his sister with three kids and no husband, moves in to his place to care for him, Pierre does not change his new habits. And instead of dancing himself, it is Paris and the Parisians who dance before his eyes. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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When the shop-owner of the bakery sell a baguette she asks for 80 cent, doesn't register it in the till, which has the figures 0,00 than it changes to 0,78 than back to 0,00 again. See more »


Pierre: Give chance a chance. I believe in you! Your life's not over! Maybe it hasn't even started.
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How to do that (in a new way)
Performed by Jean-Paul Gaultier
Written by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Tony Mansfield
© Warner Chappell Music et Polygram Ltd
(p) 1988, Jean-Paul Gaultier SA
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Warner Chappell Music France et Universal Music Projets Spéciaux et de Monsieur Jean-Paul Gaultier et de la sociéteé Jean-Paul Gaultier SA
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Another great Klapisch's movie
15 March 2008 | by elpopietoSee all my reviews

I saw this flick yesterday, and I have to say that I loved it. I am a big fan of Klapisch earlier work( Le peril jeune, Peut etre, chacun cherche son chat,...), but I am yet to see Russian dolls and the Spanish apartment.

I have found this movie in line with the other movies. Not frankly funny, but not only depressing. I thought that all characters are driven by one main emotion, which categorises them into the different stereotypes of Parisians: The intellectual, the artist, the grocer, etc. I have found hard to identify to only one, but rather you can connect with all of them at the same time. I have found out that all of the characters are, in fact, Paris, and I loved the movie for it. Klapisch is a great director and has always been able to capture a lot of complex emotions on camera. I have to say that he did it again in this opus.

His big talent is that he is able to make us reflect on our own lives through trying to understand his characters, and I guess that is why some people did not particularly like this movie as they were forced to have an inside look, but personally, I find it a great exercise.

The photography, avoiding clichés, is great and shows a different side of Paris. It is showing the Paris where people live, and not particularly where people holiday in.

All in all, a great performance by the whole cast and crew. Thanks again mister Klapisch!!!

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Release Date:

20 February 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Paris See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,518, 20 September 2009

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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