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Paris (2008)

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

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Aichinger
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.

October 2, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

October 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

September 30, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

September 28, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Klapisch's glossy love letter to Paris, and its yearning, beautifully lighted inhabitants, may not be much, and you may not even believe in its emotional and (discreet) carnal complications moment to moment. But the cast is fabulous.

September 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Klapisch, who shoots Paris with the eye of someone rapturously in love with the town, is less interested in the reality than the romance.

September 25, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

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
Jim Hunter

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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
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
Dean McKenna

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