(Recommended by SI reader vjcool)
Now, Paris, Je T’aime (2006) is a different kind of movie.
More like movies since it’s a collection of 18 short films of five minutes duration each.
Apparently, the 18 movies have a common theme in love or ‘little neighborhood romances.’
Paris, Je T’aime is available at Netflix, both in DVD and streaming formats. We’re streaming it via Netflix’ Instant Play through the Roku box. But you can also do it via other boxes like LG, Samsung, TiVo et al.
The films are all in French but not to worry since they come with English subtitles.
We’ve watched four of these short films so far:
* Monmartre – Nice but nothing great piece of a young single man parked in a car rushing out to help a woman who has fainted.
* Quais De Seine – Directed by our own Gurinder ‘Bend It Like Beckham‘ Chadha, this touching film involves a young Muslim girl and a White French boy, who was earlier part of a group of boys teasing all the girls walking by.
* Le Larais – Set in a Paris printing press, this one has a neat twist at the end. But why was the printing press worker running like mad at the end of the film?
* Tuileries – this one is by the Coen brothers (of No Country for Old Men fame). A weird tale of what happens when you make eye contact in the Paris Metro?
We’ll update this post with our conclusive verdict on the best ones after watching the rest of the films.