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Paris je t'aime

Posted by MP / August 9, 2007

It was almost a year and a half ago that I saw the trailer for Paris je t'aime and it's always been in the back of my mind. Maybe it was the Feist song that was playing, but for some reason I just could not forget it. And the words "limited release" are always a cause for worry because some movies are deserving to be seen on a big screen and it's only fair we all get that honor.

18 love stories, 21 directors and 1 city: It sounds quite gimmicky, but the eclectic choice of directors peeked my interest even more. Ethan and Joel Cohen (The Big Lebowski), Alexander Payne (Election), Gus van Sant (Elephant) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) are just some of the directors involved. Even horror genre guru Wes Craven has a segment. Wes Craven doing a love story? Sold just on that.

The cast are just as varied as the direction. America (Natalie Portman), Colombia (Catalina Sandino Moreno), France (Juliette Binoche), Spain (Javier Cámara) and Senegal (Aïssa Maïga) are all represented by actors, making this film a global effort. It feels as if films like this are rare these days with all the blockbusters and franchises dominating the big studios. It's refreshing to see such talent collaborating on something that's under a 20 million budget. It's playing right now at The AMC Forum in French with the English subtitles or without.

Picture from CineFrance

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