Paris Je T'Aime

(France, 2006, 120 minutes)

18 short stories of love set one each in the 18 Paris districts. Unusual but intriguing compendium of themed five-minute shorts whose steadfast refusal by the international directors to play up the tourist card and dwell instead on the different aspects of love in often unexpected ways makes it a surprisingly warm-hearted and thoughtful piece; shame that the linking segments and coda go precisely in that direction.

A Celsius release. Claudie Ossard and Emmanuel Benbihy present, in association with Burkhard von Schenck, a Victoires International/Pirol Film Productions production with the participation of Canal Plus. Produced by Claudie Ossard and Emmanuel Benbihy; based on an original idea by Tristan Carne, conceptualized by Emmanuel Benbihy; music by Pierre Adenot; production designer, Bettina von den Steinen; costume designers, Olivier Bériot and Pierre-Yves Gayraud; supervising editors, Simon Jacquet and Frédéric Auburtin.
Montmartre: starring Florence Muller, Bruno Podalydès; directed and written by Bruno Podalydès; director of photography, Mathieu Poirot Delpech; film editor, Anne Klotz.
Quais de Seine: starring Leila Bekhti, Cyril Descours; directed by Gurinder Chadha; written by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges; director of photography, David Quesemand; film editor, Simon Jacquet.
Le Marais: starring Marianne Faithfull, Elias McConnell, Gaspard Ulliel; directed, written and edited by Gus van Sant; director of photography, Pascal Rabaud.
Tuileries: starring Steve Buscemi, Julie Bataille, Axel Klener; directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen; director of photography, Bruno Delbonnel.
Loin du 16e: starring Catalina Sandino Moreno; directed and written by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas; director of photography, Éric Gautier.
Porte de Choisy: starring Barbet Schroeder, Li Xin; directed and photographed by Christopher Doyle; written by Christopher Doyle, Gabrielle King Peralta and Rain Kathy Li; film editor, Simon Jacquet.
Bastille: starring Sergio Castellito, Miranda Richardson, Leonor Watling; directed and written by Isabel Coixet; director of photography, Jean-Claude Larrieu; film editor, Simon Jacquet.
Place des Victoires: starring Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Hippolyte Girardot; directed and written by Nobuhiro Suwa; director of photography, Pascal Marti; film editor, Hisako Suwa.
Tour Eiffel: starring Yolande Moreau, Paul Putner; directed and written by Sylvain Chomet; director of photography, Eric Guichard.
Parc Monceau: starring Ludivine Sagnier, Nick Nolte; directed and written by Alfonso Cuarón; director of photography, Michael Seresin; film editor, Alex Rodríguez.
Quartier des Enfants Rouges: starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lionel Dray; directed and written by Olivier Assayas; director of photography, Jean-Claude Larrieu; film editor, Luc Barnier.
Place des Fêtes: starring Aïssa Maiga, Seydou Boro; directed and written by Oliver Schmitz; director of photography, Michel Amathieu; film editor, Isabel Meier.
Pigalle: starring Fanny Ardant, Bob Hoskins; directed and written by Richard La Gravenese; director of photography, Gérard Sterin; film editor, Simon Jacquet.
Quartier de la Madeleine: starring Elijah Wood, Olga Kurylenko; directed and written by Vincenzo Natali; music by Michael Andrews; director of photography, Tetsuo Nagata.
Père-Lachaise: starring Emily Mortimer, Rufus Sewell; directed and written by Wes Craven; director of photography, Maxime Alexandre; film editor, Stan Collet.
Faubourg Saint-Denis: starring Natalie Portman, Melchior Beslon; directed and written by Tom Tykwer; director of photography, Frank Griebe; film editor, Mathilde Bonnefoy.
Quartier Latin: starring Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Gérard Depardieu; directed by Frédéric Auburtin and Gérard Depardieu; written by Gena Rowlands; director of photography, Pierre Aïm; film editor, Simon Jacquet.
14e Arrondissement: starring Margo Martindale; directed by Alexander Payne; written by Alexander Payne and Nadine Eïd; director of photography, Denis Lenoir; film editor, Simon Jacquet.


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