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Critic Reviews for Paris
Perhaps it's time for a moratorium on movies where the trajectories of various people intersect, often portentously, across the tableau of a big city.
The French director Cédric Klapisch is a glib wizard at weaving folks together, but there are too many secondhand characters roving through Paris, his latest ensemble piece.
Paris keeps us involved not because of momentous plot developments but because the production incites our curiosity to see what will happen next.
Even when Mr. Klapisch is pulling off the feat quite competently, one can't help but think that he's capable of so much more than this.
Audience Reviews for Paris
Generally, I judge films like Paris against the "Altman Standard." If the film comes close to linking the characters in the clever and interesting ways that Altman accomplished in Short Cuts, then it works for me. And Paris attempts to reach for the Altman Standard, despite the fact that the title would lead one to believe that it is attempting an homage to the city in the vein of or New York, I Love You. Here we have a brother and sister dealing with the former's life-threatening illness, a gang of fruit-mongers seeking sex/love, and a professor obsessing over a student. But thrown in haphazardly and failing to connect to the other stories in substantive ways are a racist baker and a group of African would-be immigrants. It is with these stories, tangentially related but ultimately unnecessary, that the film fails to reach the Altman Standard.
Additionally, I detected a degree of misogyny in the film's portrayal of women. Most of the men go through complex existential crises, but with the exception of Elise, played by the always charming and lovely Juliette Binoche, and possibly Caroline, the women in this film are either flakes or sluts.
Overall, Paris is a good film, but it falls short in a couple key areas.
Liked the beautiful shots of Paris more than the actual story. It was okay, but it really wore out it's welcome at over 2 hours.
Good cast and made up of quite a few characters whose lives overlap. Some of the characters more interesting than others.
Fans of French films will like this, but I wouldn't recommend it to appeal to all.
Charming, chic and quintessentially Parisian. Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris and supporting Melanie Laurent make the charming performances in this full-drama, emotional and inspiring ode to Paris because I know them well in their latest foreign-language arthouse films.
Director-writer Cédric Klapisch has done something marvelous here, a film full of ideas and humanity, yet one that somehow enables us to engage with and care for so many complex characters without ever having to resort to stereotypes. It's a great achievement ? and a glorious movie about that city to which we must all return in our dreams: Paris.
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