Cert: 15 Runtime: 130 mins Director: Cédric Klapisch Cast: Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Joffrey Platel, Albert Dupotnel and Mélanie Laurent
Give chance a chance. I believe in you! Your life’s not over! Maybe it hasn’t even started.
Recently I’ve been having a French film binge and this has culminated in me writing up some reviews. First up Paris, this city for me is wonderful. I watched Paris a few year back but this was before I started logging reviews. Right then what is Paris about? Pierre (Romain Duris), a professional dancer, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life, he has nothing better to do than look at the people around him, from the balcony of his Paris apartment. When Elise (Juliette Binoche), his sister with three kids and no husband, moves in to his place to care for him, Pierre does not change his new habits. And instead of dancing himself, it is Paris and the Parisians who dance before his eyes.
Klapisch demonstrates his maturity as a film-maker in this wonderful vignette of Parisian life. He illustrates his themes of loss, mortality and ennui through various characters, from the haunting Duris, his companion the composed and exceptional Binoche, to the satirical Luchini. Duris’s performance is particularly moving. Many scenes involve his character dolefully reflecting on his serious illness; but rather than being sentimental or clichéd, Duris brings an emotional realism and subtlety to the role that is truly refreshing. Duris has an immense screen presence – you simply can’t look away from him. Klapish wisely elects to concentrate on building strong characters. He succeeds, so much so that it becomes easy for him to create simple, believable story lines for them. The real link between them? They are fallible, restless, tentative, longing… in other words, they are human. It has a great natural look to the film, the cities soul has been shown to the world. The soundtrack is utterly captivating also, it’s been in my music collection ever since I watched. Ce film capte l’amour et la vie magnifiquement . Il allume mon amour pour la ville aussi.