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Starring: Natalie Portman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elijah Wood, Juliette Binoche, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Nick Nolte, Bob Hoskins, Rufus Sewell, Ludivine Sagnier, Gena Rowlands and Steve Buscemi
Director: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin
Rating: NC-16 (Some Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2007








Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar




What do you get when Natalie Portman meets director Tom Tykwer in the City of Lights? In PARIS, JE T'AIME, celebrated directors such as Wes Craven, the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne, Frederic Auburtin and Olivier Assayas, have come together to show Paris in a way never before imagined. Through a kaleidoscope of stories about joy, separation, unexpected strange encounters and of course -- love -- their
films capture both the reality of contemporary Paris as well as the enchantment one feels as a visitor..


This film is a must-watch, and there is no way anyone won’t enjoy it.

What bold words, you must be thinking. But like the ecstasy of love, you must personally experience this 2-hour movie to fully immerse yourself in the indescribable cinematic experience.

Featuring 20 well-loved directors from cult and mainstream circuits, as well as a respectable cast of actors, this combination is a godsend. In fact, we are still so star-struck from what we have just seen; it almost seems unbelievable that this movie could actually pull itself off.

The concept is simple: 18 stories about love set in the city of love. What we get is a creative palette of tales that showcases different filmmakers’ talents. And yes, the shorts are all delightful in their own unique way.

There is Joel and Ethan Coen’s (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) wacky segment about a tourist who experiences something unpleasant in the underground subway. There is Christopher Doyle’s (Away With Words) bizarre short about a Frenchman and a Chinese hair salon owner. There is Oliver Assayas’ (Clean) edgy take on celebrity drug abuse. There is Wes Craven’s (Red Eye) classy segment about a couple arguing at Irish poet’s Oscar Wilde’s grave.

And we haven’t even mentioned the brilliant works by Tom Twyker (Perfume), Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), Gurinder Chadna (Bend It Like Beckham) and Gus Van Sant (Elephant) among many others.

The cast includes many familiar faces like Natalie “Queen Amidala” Portman, Gaspard “Hannibal Rising” Ulliel, Willem “Green Goblin” Dafoe and Elijah “Frodo” Wood.

We almost feel embarrassed having to name-drop like an obsessed cinephile writing this review.

But this is exactly what makes a complete movie experience – a colourful array of enjoyably-executed shorts put together. It also helps when there are scenic views of Paris to admire.

This is definitely a labour of love that every movie-lover should embrace.


This Code 3 disc contains no extra features at all, which is really a pity because so much could have been said about the conceptualization of the film. What a shame - imagine, what a good collector’s item this would be if it contains a godsend palette of interviewees all in one disc.


The disc’s visual transfer makes you wish you were there in Paris, while having the option of English/French Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1 as its soundtrack.



Review by John Li



Alternative Opinion:

. Our Interview with Director
Frédéric Auburtin

. The movie review by our columnist

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Comstar


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