Paris, je t'aime Movie Review
No fewer than 20 directors contributed to the making of Paris, je t'aime (Paris, I Love You), which in fact has nothing to do with the Hilton heiress but one of the greatest cities of all, that little one with the Eiffel Tower that sits in the middle of that country where they speak French. The Coen Brothers, Alfonso Cuaron, Alexander Payne, Walter Salles, Gus Van Sant and even Wes Craven, among many others, deliver their take on the city - which truly is one of my favorite cities in the entire world - in five-minute segments that look at love, relationship and a variety of other emotions.
For instance, there's the segment where Steve Buscemi, playing a tourist, finds himself watching a young couple making out from the other side of the subway station. The boyfriend gets upset that they are being watched, and eventually the girlfriend gets frustrated, leaves him and proceeds to make out with Buscemi. Fisticuffs ensue. That's one story.
In another, a man (not sure who the actor is) stops to help a woman who has fainted in the road. He is immediately taken by her, and a relationship ensues. Of course, we're only seeing five minutes of their life, so the attraction is portrayed more in expression than anything else.
And in what I can only assume is Wes Craven's stint, backpacker Elijah Wood stumbles across a murder victim and the killer - a lustrous vampire. Both are immediately attracted to her, and the vampire hesitantly resists temptation of fresh blood. But when Elijah takes a spill, making him a vampire may be his only chance at "survival." See, it all works out in the end, right?
Basically, Paris, je t'aime is a jumble of short stories that, together, form a cohesive, emotional narrative. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite paying attention enough to get the full effect, and I don't even recall what Natalie Portman's scene was about, which is odd since she was the reason I was interested in the picture in the first place. Nonetheless, the segments are well done and interesting, and, if you have ADHD, I can imagine that this is the perfect romantic film for such a condition.
Overall, Paris je 'taime is a neat idea executed well by an impressive list of directors, actors and screenwriters. I'm not sure I exactly know what the end game was, and as such the movie is a tad light and forgettable, but not "forgettable" in the bad way. This is one of those movies you watch, enjoy and then probably never watch again; I can't imagine there were expectations beyond that. Recommended to those who want something a little different.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.