Paris Je T'aime

2007

Paris Je T'aime

Critics Consensus

Paris Je T'aime is uneven, but there are more than enough delightful moments in this omnibus tribute to the City of Lights to tip the scale in its favor.

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Twenty acclaimed filmmakers from around the world look at love in the City of Lights in this omnibus feature. Paris, Je T'Aime features 18 short stories, each set in a different part of Paris and each featuring a different cast and director (two segments were produced by two filmmakers in collaboration). In "Faubourg Saint-Denis," Tom Tykwer directs Natalie Portman as an American actress who is the object of affection for a blind student (Melchior Belson). Christopher Doyle's "Porte de Choisy" follows a salesman (Barbet Schroeder) as he tries to pitch beauty aids in Chinatown. Nick Nolte and Ludivine Sagnier are father and daughter in "Parc Monceau" from Alfonso Cuarón. Animator Sylvain Chomet turns his eye to a pair of living, breathing mimes in "Tour Eiffel." An interracial romance in France is offered by Gurinder Chadha in "Quais de Seine." In "Le Marais" from Gus Van Sant, a man (Gaspard Ulliel) finds himself falling for a handsome gent (Elias McConnell) who works in a print shop. Isabel Coixet tells the tale of a man (Sergio Castellitto) who is making his final choice between his wife (Miranda Richardson) and his lover (Leonor Watling) in "Bastille." Juliette Binoche plays a grieving mother in Nobuhiro Suwa's "Place des Victoires," in which she's greeted by a spectral cowboy (Willem Dafoe). Richard LaGravanese's "Pigalle" finds a long-married man (Bob Hoskins) turning to a prostitute for advice on pleasing his wife (Fanny Ardant). Gérard Depardieu and Frédéric Auburtin direct Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara as longtime marrieds meeting for one final pre-divorce encounter in "Quartier Latin." Steve Buscemi learns a lesson about local etiquette in the Paris Metro in "Tuileries" from Joel and Ethan Coen. In "Loin du 16ème" by Walter Salles, a housekeeper (Catalina Sandino Moreno) longs for her own child as she tends to the infant of her wealthy employer. Elijah Wood stars in "Quartier de la Madeleine," a vampire tale from Vincenzo Natali. Wes Craven presents another fantasy in "Père-Lachaise," in which an engaged young man (Rufus Sewell) receives romantic advice from the spirit of Oscar Wilde (Alex Payne). A postal worker from Colorado (Margo Martindale) shares her thoughts on her visit to Paris in mangled French in Alexander Payne's witty "14th Arrondissement." Other segments include "Place des Fêtes" from Oliver Schmitz, Bruno Podalydès' "Montmartre," and "Quartier des Enfants Rouges" by Olivier Assayas, which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal. Paris, Je T'Aime received its world premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Paris Je T'aime

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (15)

  • Taken as a whole, Paris Je T'Aime slips down easily enough and offers a few whimsical smiles, but you may find yourself craving more substantial nourishment before the end.

    Jun 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
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  • You expect quality to vary from segment to segment, but the misses outweigh the hits by a depressingly high margin.

    Jun 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • For directors and actors who usually work on projects that take years to develop and months to film, this must have been a really fun lark. For the viewer, it's a full cinematic feast.

    Jun 18, 2007
  • A little uneven in style, tone and quality. But the picture that emerges of Paris is romantic, cosmopolitan and hopeful.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • Even the least tales here flit by quickly enough to leave little bad aftertaste, and the best are savored like the last small bites of exquisite soufflés.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The best segments are as good as film gets; the losers can make you wince. On the whole, the good outweigh the bad and make the film feel like a minivacation in the City of Light.

    Jun 7, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Paris Je T'aime

  • Mar 19, 2013
    Paris Je T'aime is an anthology movie that revolves around love in (and of) Paris, and it's actually surprisingly great. Oftentimes anthology movies are incredibly uneven because it's only natural for a few of the segments to be weaker than the rest. Paris Je T'aime has 18 segments in all, and miraculous almost of all of them are at least somewhat good. There are maybe three or four segments that didn't interest me as much, but none of them were bad, just slightly less entertaining when compared to the other superb segments. There were three in particular I really loved, which were "Bastille," "Place des Fêtes," and "14th Arrondissement," directed by Isabel Coixet, Oliver Schmitz, and Alexander Payne respectively. The first two of those are very emotional and affecting for stories that only last around eight minutes each, and Alexander Payne's is hilarious in his typical idiosyncratic way but with an undercurrent of sweetness. All in all Paris Je T'aime is a pretty incredible anthology movie just based on the fact that nearly everything works and comes together very nicely, and it's well worth watching as an ode to Paris, love, and storytelling of the best possible kind.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2012
    I thought that Paris Je t'aime was an overrated film that really didn't deserve the praise it has received. I appreciate the artistic merit that the filmmakers tried to accomplish with this film; however the end result is simply a film that lacks any true engaging elements to really make it stand out. The film is mediocre and doesn't satisfy the way it should. I thought the idea behind the film was good, but something simply didn't click. The films various directors and stellar cast can't even save this one from being a dud. This film was a good try at doing something different, but it just wasn't to my liking. I felt that they could have done a lot more with this film, and it leaves a lot to be desired. The idea behind this anthology is interesting, but it really does lack something to really make it stand out. The film has an established cast of very good actors, but they seem unimpressive on-screen. You'd think that a film involving several high profile actors would bring something to the screen that would make the film stand out. Unfortunately, the film falls flat and is an uninteresting effort by some great directors. I for one, don't get the hype surrounding this film, and I thought it was mediocre this film could have been great; unfortunately it wasn't that great with too many imperfections. If each director would have put a bit more effort into the film, then maybe this film would have stood out.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2012
    Its fun to watch and shows the talent of multiple directors!
    paul o Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2012
    Probably the benchmark for films incorporating a series of short films. Here we get a picture of Paris ranging from the all-too-serious to the lighthearted and comical. Each director presents their short film with care and I can't think of a disappointment among the bunch.
    John B Super Reviewer

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