Monday, May 28, 2007

Paris, Je t'aime


I was looking forward to this film more than any other this year at SIFF, and it did not dissapoint. Paris, Je t'aime is beautifully composed of 18 different shorts about love in the city of love (18 different neighborhoods throughout Paris), by 18 different directors.

Directors include Olivier Assasayas, Joel & Ethan Cohen, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, Gerad Depardieu, Gux Van Sant, and more - and stars include Steve Buschemi, Miranda Richardson, Willen Dafoe, Juliette Binoche, Bob Hoskins, Natalie Portman, Gena Rowlands (whose bittersweet story was one of my favorites) and too many more to mention.

Weaving drama, comedy, musicals, and even horror together, the stories collectively show you all sides of love - not just the fuzzy, romantic, head"n-the-clouds wonderfullness - but also the underneath: the problems, the heartbreak, the REALness of it. The blended together seamlessly, and when it was over, I was wishing there were more.

Paris, Je T'aime shows again at SIFF today (Monday, May 28th) at 11am @ The Harvard Exit, and it opens at The 7 Gables this Friday. Actor Elias McConnell (who starred in the Gus Van Sant story) is scheduled to attend today's screening.

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