Anthology films usually work better in theory than execution, but this feature parade of shorts is a blithe, worldly, and enchanting exception. Paris, Je T’aime is an 18-canto love poem not just to Paris but to the romantic dislocations of urban life. The highlights include Joel and Ethan Coen’s antic subway tale, with Steve Buscemi trapped in a metro station; Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas’ definitive tweak of the class contradictions of nannies and their employers; and, best of all, Alexander Payne’s sublime snapshot of a hilariously stunted middle-American tourist (Margo Martindale) who, on the loneliest of vacations, witnesses the birth of her soul.
Genre: Romance; Starring: Steve Buscemi, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Gaspard Ulliel, Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood; Director: Olivier Assayas, Frederic Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, Gerard Depardieu, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydes, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant; Author: Emmanuel Benbihy; Runtime (in minutes): 120; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: First Look
Posted May 9 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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