16 September 2009


Written & Directed by: Cédric Klapisch
Full credits at IMDb

Roman Duris, doing his Dans Paris dour, plays The Great Enunciator in director Klapisch's Paris (sans Dans), an overly broad survey of the City of Lights through glimpses of those that live within it--a portrait of "ritzy, shabby, trashy Paris," as one character describes it, told through ditzy, flabby, flashy filmmaking. A dancer dying from a bad ticker, Pierre (Duris) people-watches from his balcony, espying many of the film's characters from a divinely aerial vantage point; their narratives are like his fantasies, making him a stand-in for the clearly curious Klapisch. There's the frustrated professor (Fabrice Luchini); the single mother (Juliette Binoche); the men and women who man the fruit markets; the bitchy bakery owner; and, marginally and for good measure, an African immigrant who spends the bulk of his time in Africa.

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