A review of Paris

Back in July, Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat reviewed the movie Paris by Cedric Kaplisch.  It stars Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Melanie Laurent, and Francois Cluzet.  A couple of weeks ago I saw that Words and Peace was starting a new Thursday meme: I Love France.  You can write about any book or anything cultural that relates to France.  Caroline’s review convinced me to watch Paris.  Then when I saw the new Thursday meme I decided to participate.

This movie has several plots that don’t actually merge until the end of the film.  And when they do join, it is a loose connection.

The main story of the film involves a young dancer who finds out that he needs a heart transplant and even with the surgery his chances for survival are not that great.  His sister, who is a working single-mom, moves in with him to help him during this time.  In the beginning their relationship is strained, however, the time together brings them closer.

Then there is Roland who teaches history at the Sorbonne.  His brother has settled down and is starting a family.  Roland, who is getting older, fears that he will end up alone and will only have his work.  He ends up falling for one of his students, who is gorgeous and young.  She brings out a new and younger side to Roland.  However, he soon learns that she is not the monogamous type and can be somewhat cruel.

There are several more subplots to the story.  What I found intriguing about this film was the actual city.  This film seemed to be more about the city than the actors.  I was captivated by Paris.  It may be because soon I am moving to London and I am hoping to visit Paris as much as possible.  This film was a visual feast for me.  The architecture, the history, and the culture of the city and it was fantastic to immerse myself in and daydream.

And I loved that even though all of the stories didn’t merge completely, what brought them together was living in Paris.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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17 Responses to A review of Paris

  1. Caroline says:

    I’m so glad you liked it. I love it and unlike the other movie “Paris, Je t’aime” it really focuses on Paris. I also enjoyed the story, it still felt like a whole to me despite the different story lines.
    And thanks for mentioning my review.

    • TBM says:

      Hi Caroline. Thanks for bringing the movie to my attention. Not only did I love “seeing” Paris I enjoyed the different stories. Even though they didn’t merge completely, I thought the writing was pretty clever and the movie worked for me.

  2. This review reminds me that I have not seen great films for a loong time. i’ve been pretty addicted to TV series so I have let this other passion of mine go. I used to watch foreign/indie films for hours on end. This post has kind of made me nostalgic. Maybe I should go back to watching films as well. Truly comprehensive post. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Hello! Some TV series can be pretty addicting and they are more of a time commitment. Like you, I used to watch more foreign and indie films but I have gotten out of the habit. I want to delve back into them. Hopefully both of us will start watching them again!

  3. Carl V. says:

    Since it is so rare that I ever recommend things for others to read or watch I decided to break my restrained silence to ask if you’ve seen the movie Paris, Je T’aime? It is an interesting concept in which a number of famous film makers and actors do various short films each set in a different section of Paris and they have a nice framing story of sorts. It is a wonderful movie and one you must add to your list of things to see if you have not.

    Additionally, one of my absolute favorite films is Amelie. Jean Pierre Juenet wrote and directed it in part to showcase a beautiful, idealized view of Paris. It is creative and romantic and imaginative and lovely with a capital L.

    • TBM says:

      You? You are making suggestions. Completely unheard of! I’ll have to check those films out. I haven’t seen either of them, but I should since now I will be so close. I always meant to see Amelie since I have heard amazing things about it.

      So I’m surprised. Only two suggestions this time?

  4. Carl V. says:

    Well, if you like Amelie then I would of course suggest you go on a Jeunet binge and watch:

    City of Lost Children
    A Very Long Engagement

    So no, not really just two. 😉

    • TBM says:

      There’s the Carl I know! I need to get a journal just to write down all the suggestions. I requested Amelie from the library. I hope it comes in before I leave. If not I’ll have to track it down in London. I don’t think that will be too hard….hopefully.

  5. niasunset says:

    I hope I can find this film in here, because seems it would be so nice to watch. Thank you for sharing with us, I haven’t seen Paris… But watched so many films… And you learn every time something new with them. But this one as you shared, should be great. By the way, I came back from UK a few weeeks ago, and we had a wonderful days (especially in Devizes, Wiltshire)… Have a nice and enjoyable journey, with my love, nia

    • TBM says:

      I hope you can find a copy of the film. It is a fun one to watch. A few people have suggested other films on Paris so I am tracking those down. I hope to watch them and share my thoughts. Paris seems so beautiful. Glad you had a great time in the UK. I’m really looking forward to moving there. Thanks!

  6. Have never seen this but will put it on my list as I love Paris (worked there on and off for about 3 years)….oh, am feeling all nostalgic now!

    • TBM says:

      Wow…You have been everywhere. Britain, France, and now one of my favorites, Spain. After we stayed in Barcelona we want to retire there. Not sure if that will happen, but I fell in love with that country. I’m so jealous.

      • One day..one day, you never know! Actually before I met Big Man, I always thought I´d end up living in France. Funny how life turns out…that´s what makes it fun.

  7. Saisri says:

    TBM! you are moving to London soon? Thats awesome 🙂 Two of my close friends have recently relocated to London too. I hope you have a good time there 🙂

    Great post as usual!

    • TBM says:

      Yes! In about 3 weeks. I’m pretty excited. I hope your friends like it. I think I’ll have a blast. I’ll be in literary and history heaven. Thanks for your well wishes.

  8. Louise says:

    Interesting review- I thought I’d seen this movie, but must have mixed it up with another one. I’ll keep an eye out for it now.

    • TBM says:

      It is an interesting movie. I went to Paris a few weeks ago so maybe I should rewatch this film since it is just as much about the city as it is about the characters.

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