Paris, je t'aime

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Paris, je t'aime
ParisJetaimePoster eng.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by see below
Produced by Emmanuel Benbihy
Claudie Ossard
Written by Emmanuel Benbihy (Transitions)
see below
Starring see below
Music by Various
Cinematography Various
Editing by Various
Studio Canal+
Victoires International
Distributed by La Fabrique de Films (France)
Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (Switzerland)
First Look International (US)
Release dates
  • 18 May 2006 (2006-05-18) (Cannes)
  • 21 June 2006 (2006-06-21) (France)
  • 10 September 2006 (2006-09-10) (TIFF)
  • 25 January 2007 (2007-01-25) (Germany)
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Running time 120 minutes [2]
Country France
Lichtenstein
Switzerland
Germany
Language French
English
Spanish
Mandarin
Arabic
Budget $13 million[3]
Box office $17,471,727[4]

Paris, je t'aime (French pronunciation: ​[paʁi ʒə tɛm]; Paris, I love you) is a 2006 anthology film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements. The 22 directors include Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel and Ethan Coen, Gérard Depardieu, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Nobuhiro Suwa, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles, Yolande Moreau and Gus Van Sant.

Arrondissements[edit]

Initially, 20 short films representing the 20 arrondissements of Paris were planned, but two of them (the XVe arrondissement, directed by Christoffer Boe, and the XIe arrondissement, by Raphaël Nadjari) were not included in the final film because they could not be properly integrated into it.[citation needed] Each arrondissement is followed by a few images of Paris; these transition sequences were written by Emmanuel Benbihy and directed by Benbihy with Frédéric Auburtin. Including Benbihy, there were 22 directors involved in the finished film.

Segment Arrondissement Director Writer Description Actors
Montmartre XVIIIe arrondissement Bruno Podalydès A man parks his car on a Montmartre street and muses about how the women passing by his car all seem to be "taken". Then a woman passerby faints near his car, and he comes to her aid. Bruno Podalydès, Florence Muller
Quais de Seine Ve arrondissement Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha A young man, hanging out with two friends who taunt all women who walk by, strikes up a friendship with a young Muslim woman. Cyril Descours, Leïla Bekhti
Le Marais IVe arrondissement Gus Van Sant A young male customer finds himself attracted to a young printshop worker and tries to explain that he believes the man to be his soulmate, not realizing that he speaks little French. Gaspard Ulliel, Elias McConnell, Marianne Faithfull
Tuileries Ier arrondissement Joel and Ethan Coen A comedy in which an American tourist waiting at the Tuileries station becomes involved in the conflict between a young couple after he breaks the cardinal rule of avoiding eye contact with people on the Paris Metro. Steve Buscemi, Axel Kiener, Julie Bataille
Loin du 16e XVIe arrondissement Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas A young immigrant woman sings a Spanish lullaby ("Qué Linda Manita") to her baby before leaving it in a daycare. She then takes an extremely long commute to the home of her wealthy employer (whose face is not seen), where she sings the same lullaby to her employer's baby. Catalina Sandino Moreno
Porte de Choisy XIIIe arrondissement Christopher Doyle Doyle, Rain Kathy Li, and Gabrielle Keng Peralta A comedy in which a beauty products salesman makes a call on a Chinatown salon run by a woman who proves to be a tough customer. Barbet Schroeder, Li Xin
Bastille XIIe arrondissement Isabel Coixet Prepared to leave his marriage for a much younger lover, Marie Christine, a man named Sergio instead decides to stay with his wife after she reveals a terminal illness - and he rediscovers the love he once felt for her. Leonor Watling, Sergio Castellitto, Miranda Richardson, Javier Cámara
Place des Victoires IIe arrondissement Nobuhiro Suwa A mother, grieving over the death of her little boy, is comforted by a magical cowboy. Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Martin Combes
Tour Eiffel VIIe arrondissement Sylvain Chomet A boy tells how his parents, both mime artists meet in prison and fall in love. Paul Putner, Yolande Moreau
Parc Monceau XVIIe arrondissement Alfonso Cuarón An older man and younger woman meet for an arrangement that a third person ('Gaspard'), who is close to the woman, may not be happy about. It is eventually revealed that the young woman is his daughter, and Gaspard is her baby. The film was shot in a single continuous shot, almost five minutes long, and there are no 'close-ups'. When the characters walk by a video store, several posters of films by the other directors of Paris, je t'aime are visible in the window. Nick Nolte, Ludivine Sagnier
Quartier des Enfants Rouges IIIe arrondissement Olivier Assayas An American actress procures some exceptionally strong hashish from a dealer whom she gets a crush on. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lionel Dray
Place des fêtes XIXe arrondissement Oliver Schmitz A Nigerian man dying from a stab wound in the Place des fêtes asks a female paramedic for a cup of coffee. It is then revealed that he had fallen in love at first sight with her some time previously. By the time she remembers him, and has received the coffee, he has died. Seydou Boro, Aïssa Maïga
Pigalle IXe arrondissement Richard LaGravenese An aging couple act out a fantasy argument for a prostitute in order to keep the spark in their relationship. Bob Hoskins, Fanny Ardant
Quartier de la Madeleine VIIIe arrondissement Vincenzo Natali In this dialogueless segment, a young backpacker traveling late at night stumbles across a corpse—and a vampiress feeding on it. Though initially frightened, he soon falls in love with her, and cuts his wrist to attract her with his blood. The wound causes the backpacker to fall down a flight of stairs and strike his head against the pavement in a potentially fatal injury, but the vampiress reappears and feeds him some of her own blood, turning him into a vampire and allowing the two to begin a relationship. Elijah Wood, Olga Kurylenko
Père-Lachaise XXe arrondissement Wes Craven While visiting Père Lachaise Cemetery, a young woman breaks up with her fiancé, who then redeems himself with the aid of advice from the ghost of Oscar Wilde. Emily Mortimer, Rufus Sewell, Alexander Payne
Faubourg Saint-Denis Xe arrondissement Tom Tykwer After mistakenly believing that his girlfriend, a struggling actress, has broken up with him, a young blind man reflects on the growth and seeming decline of their relationship. Natalie Portman, Melchior Beslon
Quartier Latin VIe arrondissement Frédéric Auburtin and Gérard Depardieu Gena Rowlands A separated couple meet at a bar for one last drink before the two officially divorce. Ben Gazzara, Gena Rowlands, Gérard Depardieu
14e arrondissement XIVe arrondissement Alexander Payne Payne and Nadine Eid Carol, a letter carrier from Denver, Colorado on her first European holiday, recites in rough French what she loves about Paris. Margo Martindale

Production[edit]

Julio Medem was attached to the project for a long time. He was supposed to direct one of the segments, but this finally fell through because of scheduling conflicts with the filming of Caótica Ana (2007).

Paris, je t'aime is the first feature film to be fully scanned in 6K and mastered in 4K in Europe (as opposed to the normal 2K). Encoding the image took about 24 hours per reel (at Laboratoires Éclair).[citation needed]

As the film is a collection of shorter segments, there were many producers attached to the project.

Influence[edit]

Following the success of Paris, je t'aime, a similarly structured film, New York, I Love You, focusing on life in that city, premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and was released in a limited number of theatres in 2009.

The Cities of Love website states that there are 3 more films in the series to be released. They include Rio, Eu Te Amo, Shanghai, 我爱你 and Jerusalem, I Love You. All 3 films will follow the same style with no fewer than 10 short films using their respective city as the main unifying character. The films are slated for release around 2010-2013.

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival on 18 May, opening the Un Certain Regard selection.[5] It had its Canadian premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on 10 September and its US premiere in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 9 April 2007.[6] First Look Pictures acquired the North American rights, and the film opened in the United States on 4 May 2007.

Reception[edit]

Paris, je t'aime received generally positive reviews, currently holding an 86% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states: "Paris je t'aime is uneven, but there are more than enough delightful moments in this omnibus tribute to the City of Lights to tip the scale in its favor."[7] Metacritic gives the film a 66/100 rating, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

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