Monday, 8 November 2010

Review: Paris, Je T'aime! (2006)

Another "key influence" for my new film is Paris, I Love You (ot: Paris, je t´aime!)
Originally my first plan was to do a small version like this one about Berlin, but hence some complication in planning to get to Germany I had to switch my project idea. The style however stayed the same.
A collection of short films in one movie. The interesting thing is that the stories don't even have to connect to each other. In Paris, I Love You! the only base is the city Paris. The general theme throughout the stories is love. In Le Café it is love as well and the location is the café.

Paris, je t'aime (2006)

The two hour long film consists 18 short films set in Paris. The 22 directors include Joel and Ethan Coen, Gerard Depadieu, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles, Gus Van Sant and many more.
It seems to watch a compilation of short films that could be made by students. The short's storylines are very strong, therefore Paris, I Love You is a huge inspiration of how to set up a story. The moments and emotions the directors create in each of their "love letters" to Paris are beautiful filmed and played by brilliant actors.
The transitions from one short to the next are working well, as each films end shot is the beginning of the next vignette. This films general genre goes into romance i guess, but because of the mny different styles of the vignettes i would say i contains almost every possible genre from fantasy/ sci-fi to comedy and drama.
Just to pick out my very favourite short in the film: Tom Tykwer's "Faubourg Saint-Denis". It shows the relationship between a blind student (Melchior Belson) and a beautiful actress played by Natalie Portman. Great story, great cinematography.
Overall who wouldn't like a film, which gives us a look a bit away from the usual Paris-being-tourist atmosphere. It still got the flair of the nice light, the food, the shops, the Eiffel tower and the love.

"Everything is about love..."
Official film website

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