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.