Paris (2008 film)

  • Juliette Binoche: Élise, social worker, mother of three children
  • Romain Duris: Pierre, heart diseased (former) dancers in a nightclub
  • Fabrice Luchini: Roland Verneuil, historian and university professor
  • Albert Dupontel: Jean, fruit and vegetable traders in the market
  • Julie Ferrier: Caroline, his ex-wife, also a market trader
  • François Cluzet: Philippe Verneuil, architect and Roland's brother
  • Gilles Lellouche: Franky, fish traders in the market
  • Mélanie Laurent: Laetitia, a student, in the Roland falls
  • Karin Viard: baker
  • Sabrina Ouazani: the "Arab " baker girl from Thiers
  • Maurice Bénichou: psychiatrist
  • Judith El Zein: Mélanie Verneuil, wife of Philippe
  • Zinedine Soualem: Mourad

So Paris is a French film from 2006 - 2008th directed by Cédric Klapisch, who also wrote the screenplay ( and occurs in the nightmare of the architect Philippe as a man on the roof). At the center are not as in many other Paris films Beautiful, rich, intellectuals and snobs, but small survival fighter and mentally maimed figures over the age of 30


Pierre, a young dancer learns from his doctor that he is suffering from a serious heart defect; presumably it could save the lives of only a heart transplant. While waiting for a donor organ, pulling his sister, who single social worker Elise, with her three children to him in the apartment to help him and relieve his loneliness. Main pastime of the weakened and slightly depressive Pierre is to watch the neighbors and passers-by from the balcony of his apartment, and make up stories about them.

The film, which recalls the style of Robert Altman's Short Cuts, but also picks up the narrative tradition of Honoré de Balzac, takes place according to these stories by episodic attaches itself to individual characters and their daily routine followed for a while. The storylines overlap occasionally, some also lead seamlessly into one another, overall the perspective of a tribute small and big drama of everyday life all kinds of people - and of course the city in which to play these life: Paris. It is a film about love, family relationships, loneliness and compassion, which brings together the fates of the people in unexpected ways.


Focus of criticism

The German criticism is Klapischs film opposite tends to be pleased. He 'll tell you without hassle, focusing on the ordinary and see the strange in the familiar. On the complex kaleidoscope, the " wistful dance " he presented stories and places virtuosity is, with humor and honest romance. The film is charming and affectionate; " Even if the stories roam the cliché, you can feel the love for the people ." Klapisch had a keen sense of the great dramatic moments in the lives of his characters and tell the cliché motif of the professor, who has an affair with a student, gently as cinematic territory. It would be interesting to discover social classes and the proletariat under the figures have depth. Result was " an amusing and sad potpourri. " Klapisch dominant like no other in the world, the genre of the episodic film, but the dialogue would not come close to meeting the malignant from his Un air de famille (1996).

Comparatively little mention experienced in the reviews the actors. They seemed to feel comfortable with Klapisch, and unlike the German had French actors of course, if they play simple people. Romain Duris prove to be a versatile " big actor ", and Juliette Binoche could you fall in love again, said the reviewer of taz. Also, the Hamburg evening paper she considers to be a bright spot within the movie. The world will, Fabrice Luchini bring a professor wonderful the tragicomedy of an older ways over, falls in love with a young girl.

On the one hand it was said that the stories of the characters are intertwined, without this it always know. Another part of the criticism found the narrative model of the ensemble film in which individual figures do not need to be original, because they gain as a whole severity, was an exhausted. Several critics noted the characters and their fates were drawn in part to scarce, their interconnections are too weak and had a chance. Some stories are dispensable to any and undramatic. In particular, the narrative about the African immigrant WOULD " tacked ". Klapisch strive, as the title tell, ambitious portrait of a metropolis, with the addition of the individual stories is not at all intended to form a whole. One critic found Klapisch looking for the " well-known landmark" of Paris. Other recognized that the functioning of the Paris postcard images as a contrast to the usual normal citizens who are in the foreground. He mix -known Paris motifs with unused angles to picturesque harmony and win the much-photographed city's new, not a thousand times seen views from. He does not glorify the city, and where he shows the known Paris clichés, he ironisiere them.

Criticism mirror


  • Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 17, 2008, page 36, by Thomas Maier Blade: virtuoso juggling with people and places (the controlled production of individual stories and places, fresh view on the Common )
  • Der Tagesspiegel, July 17, 2008, page 27, by Daniela Sannwald: Five times life ( charming; gains the often filmed Paris new aspects from )
  • Taz, July 17, 2008, p 17, by Jochen Schmidt: This movie has many eyes (minor weaknesses forgivable; told with love for men, played convincingly )
  • The World, July 17, 2008, page 25, by Matthias Heine: Baudelaire for grooming ( excited; Genre staged dominated, show new sides of Paris, successful figures)

Slightly positive

  • Cinema No 8/2008, pp. 31, criticism of Karl- Heinz Schäfer ( half-raised thumb; " honestly romantic " )
  • Filmdienst No. 15/ 2008 fd 38 805, p 20, by Margret Köhler ( funny - sad, multifaceted Paris Portrait)
  • Ray No. 7 8 / 2008, p 86, by Walter Gasperi ( charmingly between comedy and sadness, ensemble playing with Lust)


  • Frankfurter Rundschau, July 17, 2008, page 32, by Gerhard Midding: News from the disused island
  • Hamburger Evening Gazette, July 17, 2008, page 9, by Volker Behrens: From love and suffering on the Seine (some strong moments and fascinating Binoche, but unbalanced as a whole)