Monday, August 13, 2007

Paris, Je T'aime - Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Eighteen celebrated film directors fuse their talents into a single reel and we should expect nothing less than cinematic brilliance. Instead, we are left with a piece-meal two hours that leave us wanting more and wholly unsatisfied. Suitable for the bread-and-butter film festival crowd, Paris, Je T’aime fails to bind eighteen distinct stories with any common thread. I did not experience an equivocated profession of love towards Paris. Instead, I was left feeling that Paris is an increasingly complex city fraught with tradition against urban conflict. The film also portrays much simpler and finer stories that comprise the Parisian narrative. On the whole, Paris Je T’aime reads like eighteen pilot scripts begging for further development (not to suggest that all of the mini-films in this movie should ever be considered for a commercial feature film).

Below I have pasted links to a few story-clips de preference avec mes commentaires.

Tuileries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnO6nDTMpqo&mode=related&search=
Although without English sub-titles, this clip is well worth your time. Relish in the cinema that Ethan Coen brilliantly draws out of a Paris Metro station.

Place des FĂȘtes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXLTMN2RUyI&mode=related&search=
Tragic because life does not have to be this way.

Tour Eiffel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcXwqc1ym10&mode=related&search=
Lighten up in true Parisian flair with unquestionably delightful mimicry.

14th arrondisement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqstlUU_kD0
One of my favourite clips in the film. Honest, simple, raw...a true love affair with the city of romance.

*image courtesy of
imdb.com

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comments Rahul...B-)

I just read your review too. I can't really disagree with anything you mention - indeed it's a shame that there isn't more of a common thread between the stories. And yet, the film worked for me as just a simple compendium of individual stories.

I had a good hit ratio and enjoyed at least 13-14 of the pieces, so I can't sneeze at that...

Miguel Daves said...

really enjoyed the 14th arrondisement story line... still waiting for the movie on dvd...