Paris, je t'aime
reviewed by Misael Soto
While a few went completely over my head or were simply not up to par with the rest of the lot, nearly every one of the short films has its own unique and well thought out take on that which makes us come together and divides us just as quickly; love.
And here we have nearly every kind of love. The love for a child, the kind of love that comes and goes, the love for God, love at first sight, love loss, love rekindled. Love
While most of the shorts are enjoyable, many resort to last second (literally) twists, as is common with shorts, which really shake the foundation of the story. Some withstand this, with twist endings that in turn strengthen the film as with the Coen Brother's hilarious Tuileries or Walter Salles amazingly poignant Loin du 16�me. But many fall under cheap and/or corny plot twists as with the highly stylized Quartier de la Madeleine, Vincenzo Natali's vampire-love tale starring Elijah Wood and Tom Tykwer's love story in fast-forward Faubourg Saint-Denis.
Still, the film includes a good 5 or 6 utterly fantastic, memorable shorts. Some of which had tears rolling down my cheeks (quite the feat considering each is about 5 minutes). A thoroughly inventive mime-love story, Tour Eiffel from The Triplettes of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet, touched me and had me laughing simultaneously. Pigalle from Richard LaGravenese one-upped the rest by including the twist in the beginning, allowing character development and great acting (Bob Hoskins and Fanny Ardant) to carry the rest of the short. And perhaps my favorite, relatively unknown director Oliver Schmitz's Place des F�tes is the crowning example of a twist ending done right. Given that the film is as short as it is, it would be a crime to say any more.
The joy and sense of belonging one feels towards Paris and, more than that, to the human race as a whole after seeing Paris Je T�aime is a contagious and wonderful feeling. It�s a feeling that makes up for the shorts that fall flat (there are a few clunkers). The film quite frankly will make you feel good. You�ll fall in love with the city of lights, even if you�ve never been. That, and the fact that not in any of the shorts did I hear Cole Porter�s �I Love Paris,� are reason enough to go out of your way to enjoy Paris Je T�aime.
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