Paris

2008 [FRENCH]

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

10
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 12348

Keywords:   paris, france, dying and death, dance, new love, mother

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Cast

Mélanie Laurent as Laetitia
Karin Viard as La boulangère
720p.BLU
1.16 GB
1280*544
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 9 min
P/S 1 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gradyharp 9 / 10

'Parisians grumble...'

Paris is a kaleidoscopic view of that great City of Light inhabited with a variety of individuals each of whom is consumed with life and love and living and dying. Cédric Klapisch has written and directed this richly populated canvas as a background of a tender story of a Moulin Rouge male dancer Pierre (Romain Duris) who is diagnosed with a terminal heart disease requiring transplantation if he is to survive. But in the end the many characters introduced in 'incidental stories' have become so interesting that, instead of providing simply a background for Pierre's portrait, they become an integral part of the drama as well as indelibly stamped on the viewer's mind.

Pierre has kept his illness secret, yet when faced with the dire concept of a transplant he confides in his sister Élise (Juliette Binoche), a single mother of three, who takes him in to fill his boring days of self confinement. There is a palpable magic between the two as Élise attempts to bring Pierre out into the world of hope and of living. Incidental to her life are trips to the market where she observes the lives of the grocers and discovers their private lifestyles, information shared freely with the viewer. A Parisian North African communicates with his brother at home with a postcard of Paris, seducing the brother to brave all odds to come to the city. We also meet a jaded art historian Roland Verneuil (Fabrice Luchini) whose father has just died, an event that devastates his emotional brother Philippe (François Cluzet): Roland proceeds to have an affair with a student but his physical awakening is abruptly altered by the realities of Parisian life while Philippe progresses through his seemingly mundane existence toward a surprise ending. The grocers seek adventures with a group of girls among whom is the ex-wife of one of the men and in the process we observe the varying reactions of interpersonal relationships tested away from the eyes of group participation. All of these stories are white noise to Pierre's situation, and though Élise is able to make Pierre 'dance again' at a party of his fellow dancers she organizes, in the end Pierre is left to care for Élise's children while Élise finally opens her frozen heart to a new romance. At this point Pierre receives the inevitable telephone call that a transplant is ready, and as he proceeds to the hospital he opens his mind to the beauties of Paris. Some of the vignettes we have observed are completed while most simply continue - just like life in the glorious city so often considered the city of love.

All of the many roles are enacted by gifted actors, the cinematography offers us a different view of Paris than that of postcards and travel brochures, and the musical score ranges from popular music to the haunting 'Gnossiemme No. 1' of Erik Satie which is Pierre's theme music. At times the viewer feels lost in the complex overlay of the many stories being told, but settling back in a chair and just absorbing the film results in an evening of Parisian intoxication.

Grady Harp

Reviewed by howie73 4 / 10

Is this what French cinema has become?

This Gallic, Altman-lite, picture-postcard film might as well have been produced by the Paris Tourist Office. What we get is too many stories about the multiplicity of life in Paris. The film could easily have lasted another 30 minutes to sustain the stories it created and discarded, but after all, this is 'tranche de vie".

All the clichés are here - the ugly professor who falls for the beautiful girl, whose beauty is only skin deep. Yawn. How many French films have dealt with this cliché? Romain Duris' tragic story seems to be a direct lift from Francois Ozon's superior 'Les Temps Qui Reste'but lacks that film's depth of character. Duris, ultimately, is a poorly conceived protagonist, who, ludicrously seems to be straight, even though all the signs suggest otherwise. Yet again, a mainstream French film has shied away from portraying gay characters.

The other inter weaved stories are varied but dull, most concentrating on the disaffected bonhomie of the French bourgeoisie. The stories about the market traders seem inconsequential and piddling almost as if the director bowed to tokenism.

All in all, major disappointment and a further concession to Hollywood values.

Reviewed by writers_reign 6 / 10

La Ronde Squared

If you're shooting a valentine to Paris count me in, even if your name is Cedric Kaplish onlie begetter of the vastly overrated L'Aubere Espanol and, yes, even if your nominal lead is the even more overrated and under talented Romain Duris, for whom you seem to have a permanent hard-on. Alas, the best-laid schemes ... Probably the strength of this is that Kaplish goes easy on the chocolate-box aspect and gives us more of the ordinary Paris, the one that I, a regular visitor from England, know from walking it's streets en route to one cinema du quartier or another. The film starts promisingly when Duris is told he has a strong chance of dying - something that acting-wise he does in every movie he makes - and then meanders into a labryinth of mini plots and myriad characters until in a blatant steal from Kieslowski's Three Colors:Red, several of them are spotted by Duris from the taxi taking him to hospital. People like Francois Cluzet and Karin Viard are under-used and it is left to Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and the like to add some class. Kaplish needs a strong script written by someone else to really shine which is why his finest achievement remains Un Air de famille, written by Agnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri and it didn't do any harm that the two writers also starred in it. Whilst I'm not prepared to dismiss Paris out of hand I was greatly disappointed.

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