Paris is the latest film by French director, Cédric Klapisch, about the city of Paris and a few Parisians that are unknowingly interconnected with each other. Klapisch attempts to show a different, more personal side of Paris; the part that doesn’t necessarily include hoards of tourists, the Effiel Tower, and the Louvre.
Read on to see our review…
- Written and Directed by: Cédric Klapisch
- Cast: Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Albert Dupontel, François Cluzet, and Mélanie Laurent
- Studio: IFC Films
Paris is about a man, Pierre (Romain Duris), who is diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition. As he awaits a heart transplant, he passes the time watching people on the streets of Paris from his apartment. Pierre’s sister, Elise (Juliette Binoche), and her three children move in to care for him. As Pierre faces death, his perspective on life changes dramatically. Although the film is centered around Pierre, it is also about a lonely professor named Roland (Fabrice Luchini), his beautiful student, Laetitia (Mélanie Laurent), and the grocer, Jean (Albert Dupontel). The film is truly about the people of Paris, the people you encounter, and the unknown connections between the city’s inhabitants.
- The Performances: The great thing about this movie is that for American audiences, many of these actors are completely unknown and it was nice to see some different faces without a lot of baggage attached to them. Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, Albert Dupontel, and Romain Duris all carry the film with their equally strong performances. The one stand out performance was by Fabrice Luchini who has the most dramatic arch. He starts out as an arrogant, miserable man, but by the end of the film, you’re enamored with him. His character was fantastic and he played it perfectly.
- The Humor: The film could have been an absolute downer had there not been the moments of subtle humor to break it up, with many thanks (yet again) toFabrice Luchini’s clueless and mildly creepy character.
- The Plot: The entire story was put together incredibly well. There are a lot of characters, so it easily could have been a muddled mess. Initially it may seem that there are missing parts, or you may not understand the significance of a character, but it all comes together in the end. The story and the main characters are all woven together nicely.
- The Underdeveloped Subplots: Although the story was very well done, there were a few subplots that were underdeveloped. Namely, the story of the African immigrant attempting to make his way to Paris. It was difficult to understand why he was in the movie until the very end. His character appeared, yet never seemed to truly have a purpose. It felt like he was there simply to make a connection between a few of the scenes. Some of the minor characters could have been removed from the film, and the overall message would not have been affected.
- At times it dragged: There were times where it was moving a bit slowly. The beginning starts off a little slow, but this was probably due to the fact that there was a lot of characters to introduce; it picks up once the characters are established. However, this probably could have been remedied by the cut of a few characters and scenes that were unnecessary.
The movie was highly enjoyable. It has humorous, touching, and quite moving. Although there were a few missteps on the story, this should in no way sway your decision to see the film. It is definitely recommended to those who love a good dramatic character study.
Paris will be released in a limited amount of theaters starring on September 18.
If you would like to get a little taste of the movie, watch the trailer below…