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Paris, Je T'Aime/ Paris Je T'Aime

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  Paris, Je T'Aime/ Paris Je T'Aime Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
5.64 /10
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Directed by: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant
Written by: Tristan Carne, Emmanuel Benbihy, Bruno Podalydes, Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha, Gus Van Sant, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas, Christopher Doyle, Gabrielle Keng, Kathy Li, Isabel Coixet, Nobuhiro Suwa, Sylvain Chomet, Alfonso Cuaron, Olivier Assayas. Oliver Schmitz. Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Wes Craven, Tom Tykwer, Gena Rowlands, Alexander Payne

Released: 2007
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Liechtenstein/ Switzerland/ Germany/ France
Colour: C
Length: 120

Proof that Paris doesn’t always bring out the best in film-makers.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Dozens of Francophile directors, writers and actors have combined to make this portmanteau film, a collection of shorts designed to portray Paris as – hold the front page - a magically romantic city. It arrives too late for Paris’s Olympic bid, and I’m not sure what other function it could have, except to drum up a bit more tourist trade. It certainly offers no clues as to why Mr Sarkozy triumphed in the recent election.

Only one sequence – an ineffectual would-be comedy by the Coen brothers - debunks the familiar cliches. The few highlights come towards the end, notably a bitter-sweet contribution by actress-writer Gena Rowlands, directed by Frederic Auburtin and Gerard Depardieu, in which Rowlands and Ben Gazzara star as an elderly couple meeting edgily to discuss their upcoming divorce.

Only one item, a Richard Curtis-style potted romcom starring Rufus Sewell (pictured right) and Emily Mortimer (left) and directed by (of all people) horror maestro Wes Craven, struck me as having the potential to be anything bigger.

Easily the most eye-catching contribution is by Belleville Rendez-Vous director Sylvain Chomet. His whimsical account of a love affair between two Parisian mime artists manages to be even tweer and cheesier than it sounds.

Other efforts, especially those by Gus van Sant, Richard LaGravenese, Olivier Assayas and Christopher Doyle are mini-bores that stretch out the running time to 115 minutes, much too long for so lightweight an entertainment. The heretical thought occurred to me that if this crowd had had to come up with short films about, say, Cleethorpes or Bucharest, they might have come up with something a lot fresher and more thought-provoking.

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