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Romain Duris (Arsene Lupin, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) plays Pierre, a professional dancer who’s suddenly diagnosed with a serious heart disease that could cost him his life. While waiting to receive the news as to whether or not he is able to receive a heart transplant, Pierre can do nothing but pass the time sitting on the balcony of his apartment and watch the world go by without him. But the more he observes the more he realises the subtle and sublime beauty hidden beneath the depths of everyday occurrences as the real Paris slowly begins to reveal itself and the complex tapestry of its inhabitants.
Also staring the radiant Julliette Binoche (Chocolat, The English Patient, Three Colours: Blue) as his concerned sister, Paris is director Cedric Klapisch’s (When The Cat’s Away, Russian Dolls) tribute to his own beloved city. Within a series of interwoven vignettes, Paris captures the heart and soul of a unique destination and celebrates those fleeting moments that make up a lifetime.
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As a downbeat Pierre views Paris from his balcony, in beautifully shot, atmoshperic scenes, he realises that people take life for granted, and feels sadness and a sense of injustice as he watches other characters "carefree" in the city.
These other characters blend in and out of love, using people, hurting each other, and generally displaying typical human behaviour. We are constantly reminded that they are lucky to be able to enjoy life, albeit with their various problems, whilst Pierre has seemingly little hope for the future.
At the same time, and with a fair degree of irony, poor immigrants from Cameroon try just to get into Paris at all.
Yes, at times the Paris-dwellers and their spontaneous love match-ups seem a little ridiculous, but this is deliberate; in satarising them, it draws our attention more strongly to the irony that we overlook the simple things available to us.
The magic of this film is that it takes well-worn, simple ideas, but presents them in a way which we can easily relate to. We empathise with characters whose problems, mainly in relationships, seem depressingly real, yet we are soon reminded to put things in perspective by the bad luck suffered by Pierre.Read more ›
Beautifully filmed, brilliantly acted, and underpinned by a superb soundtrack, the film explores "real" peoples' lives slowly and above all subtly. Not a great deal happens, and there are no conclusions to the stories involved - a guy gets diagnosed with a life threatening heart condition, another chap falls in love with one of his students, a lonely single mother and a market stall trader are hesitantly drawn together, and an African dreams of getting to Paris to start a new life. That's about it really. But it's the way that this is all put together & explored that makes the film, and which achieves its objective of trying to capture what Paris is to people who live there or dream of living there - which of course means that its infused with their, often vague, hopes & fears and it has no clear & tidy "Hollywood style" endings... life's not like that.
At times funny, at times charming, and ultimately quite moving, Klapisch directs the film without reverting to heavy-handed sentimentality or high drama to make his points.... in fact, exactly the opposite: witness the fleeting, beautifully poignant shot at the end of the film as the African compares the view on the postcard of Paris that has driven him to make his journey there, and which underpins his hopes for the future, with the reality of it...Read more ›
I think the film would have benefited more from focused character development, pinpointing certain characters for the audience to really engage with and understand as opposed to lots of scanty stories, I feel as though I didnt really know the characters, this however does not remove from the charm of the film.
The cinematography was lovely especially the various shots of the city of Paris and the repetition of erik satie's gnossienne 1. Overall its a warming film and a good watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watched it again last week and it is actually quite ok. There is not too much about Paris itself but a lot of the Parisian way of life.Published 3 months ago by Fabienne
If you like Paris and enjoy observations on people you will enjoy this . Not a great story but lot's of good music . I've watched it several times .Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived quickly. Quite a good film and I loved all the lovely views of Paris!Published 17 months ago by Michèle