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Paris, je t'aime
  Release Date: 05/04/07

Starring: Fanny Ardant, Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Sergio Castellitto, Willem Dafoe

Director: Olivier Assayas, Frederic Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet

Rating: (R)
  Running Time
  120 min
  First Look Pictures
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Twenty-one directors-including the Coen brothers, Gus Van Sant, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alexander Payne-film eighteen brief stories set in eighteen of Paris's Arrondissements in this omnibus film that, by its nature, offers a mixed bag. There are some bright spots, though. The Coens' bizarrely stylized subway thriller, Tom Tykwer's techno-infused love affair, and Cuarón's charming ditty starring Nick Nolte are highly recommended.

In "Paris, je t'aime," celebrated directors from around the world--including the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne and Olivier Assayas--have come together to portray Paris in a way never before imagined. Made by a team of contributors as cosmopolitan as the city itself, this portrait of the city is as diverse as its creators' backgrounds and nationalities. With each director telling the story of an unusual encounter in one of the city's neighborhoods, the vignettes go beyond the "postcard" view of Paris to portray aspects of the city rarely seen on the big screen. An outstanding host of actors graces these vignettes with larger-than-life personas. Their performances add even deeper resonance to this affectionate love letter to one of the world's most transcendent cities.