Pin It
Favorite

DVD Review 

Paris, je t'aime & r & & r & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & & lt;span class= "dropcap " & M & lt;/span & y favorite film of 2007 is actually 20 films. Paris, je t'aime brought together dozens of the world's most interesting actors and directors with a simple challenge: Make a five-minute movie set in a single neighborhood of Paris, and make it about love. The diversity of the result is a testament to both the range of talent involved and the complicated responses Paris can evoke.





Most of the shorts are narrative in scope, relying on the actors instead of effects. In "Quartier Latin," Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara portray an aged couple getting a divorce after years of living separate lives. Over a conversation at a caf & eacute;, the two masterful performers bring warmth, ribaldry and a deep story to light as they joke and jab at one another.





Elijah Wood gives a much different, equally complex portrayal of love as he silently yearns for a vampiress in sci-fi director Vincenzo Natali's tribute to the "Quartier de la Madeleine." Natalie Portman and Melchior Beslon encapsulate an entire youthful romance in Tom Tykwer's whirlwind "Faubourg Saint-Denis." In "Quartier des Enfants Rouges," Maggie Gyllenhaal portrays an American actress who falls for her Parisian pot dealer. Her disappointment at his disappearance is wistfully conveyed in a minimum of words and expressions.


Not all the shorts succeed. Christopher Doyle attempts to explore the Chinatown of Paris with an uneven, surreal kung-fu musical (starring Barbet Schroeder, no less). And while critics are slavering over the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, their contribution to Paris, je t'aime reveals that, technical polish aside, they're no more capable of telling a good story in five minutes than a student filmmaker.





Most of the directors do remarkable work, however. Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha shows a graceful touch with young actors in "Quais de Seine," and reveals the location of Paris's mosque in the process. Gus Van Sant coaxes a sweet and awkward hookup out of two boys, neither of whom speaks the other's language. And in my favorite short, "14 & egrave;me Arrondissement," Margo Martindale delivers a heartbreaking comedic turn as an American tourist who, under Alexander Payne's deadpan direction, falls in love with the city itself. (Not Rated)

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Barred from Help
  • Barred from Help

    Why mentally ill inmates continue to languish in the Spokane County Jail
    • Jul 22, 2015
  • Envision This!
  • Envision This!

    DSP is fighting the proposed Worker Bill of Rights; plus, finalists for Spokane's police ombudsman
    • Jul 22, 2015
  • Shake Down
  • Shake Down

    When a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocks Western Washington, what will happen in the Inland Northwest?
    • Jul 22, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Moscow ArtWalk 2015

Moscow ArtWalk 2015 @ Downtown Moscow

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Patrolling While Black

    Gordon Grant's nearly 30 years as a Spokane cop have been affected by race, but that's not the whole story
    • Jul 8, 2015
  • Rushing's Rant

    The Airway Heights City Council has asked the mayor to resign after posting a racist Facebook message
    • Jul 15, 2015
  • More »

© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation