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Paris (2008)



Critic Consensus: Alternately a sharp ensemble dramedy and a love letter to the titular city, Paris is uneven but often striking.

Movie Info

Love and life pose dilemmas for a handful of friends in the City of Lights in this romantic drama from French filmmaker Cedric Klapisch. Pierre (Romain Duris) has enjoyed a successful career as a dancer performing in Parisian nightclubs, but when he's diagnosed with a serious heart condition, his doctor warns him that the strain of his work could kill him. Pierre must reinvent his life, and as he ponders his future and his mortality, he turns to his sister, Élise (Juliette Binoche), a social worker and single mother, for help. Élise is facing some life changes of her own; she's tired of being alone, and has developed an infatuation with Jean (Albert Dupontel), a grocer who sells his wares in the city's open-air market. But Jean is recently divorced and is still preoccupied with his former wife, Caroline (Julie Ferrier). Pierre also finds himself falling from afar for a lovely college student named Laetitia (Melanie Laurent), but he has a rival for her affections in Roland (Fabrice Luchini), one of her professors, who is considerably older than her. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language and some sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cédric Klapisch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 10, 2010
Box Office: $1.0M


Fabrice Luchini
as Roland Verneuil
Julie Ferrier
as Caroline
François Cluzet
as Philippe Verneuil
Karin Viard
as The Baker
Maurice Bénichou
as The Psychiatrist
Audrey Marnay
as Marjolaine
Xavier Robic
as TV Presenter
Suzanne Von Aichinge...
as Suzy "Miss Bidoche"
Judith El Zein
as Mélanie Verneuil
Emmanuel Quatra
as Grand Nanar
Renée Le Calm
as Madame Renée
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Critic Reviews for Paris

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (20)

When it comes to being a fool for love, there are no city limits.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Paris keeps us involved not because of momentous plot developments but because the production incites our curiosity to see what will happen next.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

It's amusing enough, until boredom, then dread, then incredulity set in as we realize we must now spend two poorly written, pasted-together hours in [the characters'] company.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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