Filmfest 2008

"No one’s ever happy. We grumble. We enjoy that." The not unfamiliar complaint of an urban dweller in Klapisch’s Manhattan-like ode to the City of Lights. His likeable comedy-drama centres on the relationship between Pierre and his sister Élise. She’s a frumpy single mother who takes care of her brother when given the worst possible news by his doctor. Their story forms the backbone in a multi-layered exploration of love, loss and relationships, Gallic style. Death hangs heavily, not only with Pierre’s life-threatening condition but in other, less obvious ways, yet Paris is not a morbid film. Despite the tough, somewhat sad, occasionally pathetic subject matter, it remains surprisingly uplifting. Myriad sub-plots build to a coherent whole that is both fresh and funny. Notable is one between a lecturer – Fabrice Luchini in fine comic form - and his young student, a girl who is also the subject of Pierre’s house-bound lust. And throughout loiters the rewarding backdrop of Paris itself. Colin Fraser,

tags: Feature film

Cast: Romain Duris, Juliette Bionoche, Albert Dupontel, Julie Ferrier


Director: Cédric Klapisch