Paris, Je T’aime is a collection of short film segments pieced together in one moving picture tribute to love within the city of Paris. The directors who got involved with this movie were: Olivier Assayas, Frederic Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel and Ethan Coen, Isabel, Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, Gerard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydes, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, and Gus Van Sant.
Along with such a large amount of directors, there were also many recognizable actors taking part in the film, such names as: Steve Buscemi, Juliette Binoche, William Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bob Hoskins, Elijah Wood, Emily Mortimer, Rufus Sewell, Natalie Portman, and Gena Rowlands just to name a few.
Sometimes entertainment is better in smaller doses, for example Aqua Teen hunger Force or Stephen King is find to be better in the short story format. Paris, Je T’aime was a nice change of pace, being divided into a string of short story type events, none connecting to the others. The theme of love is explored not just in a romantic sense, but also in a family and tragic sense. There is meant to be something for almost everyone, aside from die-hard action enthusiasts. There are a couple that are ultimately depressing and not lovey-dovey.
Overall I enjoyed the movie even though there were a couple of shorts that made zero sense to me or were a bit dull, especially Christopher Doyles odd entry. The Cohen Brothers section was a disappointment a well. Most of the shorts come off as witty and interesting regardless of whether or not they get too deep with content.
The best section of the movie was directed by Vincenzo Natali and is a vampire sort of tale told through dark, comic like colors laced with bright red for the blood. The story is at first a horror, then romantic, and all around quirky fun. This short featured Elijah Wood and Wes Craven who directs the section shown right after has an unaccredited cameo as a corpse.
If you’re in the mood for love, or just something different in movie terms, and haven’t ever seen many collections of short films then this is for sure one I recommend. It appeals to drama fans more than anything, though writers of all genres can surely enjoy the witty scenarios and dialog throughout.