Watching Paris, Je T’aime

(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.

7 Responses to "Watching Paris, Je T’aime"

  1. kurf   November 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    There is also a remake of it titled, “New York , I love you.” Really an amazing movie Responds:


    Checked out the Wiki profile of New York, I Love You.

    It seems conceptually similar to Paris, je t’aime, but we don’t think it’s a remake.

  2. the gora   November 9, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    FYI – Teen Tournament semifinal on Jeopardy tonight had desi contestant from Michigan, 16-year-old Hema Karunakaram. She’s quite cute. She also doesn’t seem nearly as socially awkward as the two guys she was competing against or just about all the other contestants from the tournament. Maybe that’s why she lost!

    Here’s an article on her. Responds:

    1. You write: Maybe that’s why she lost!

    Well, she went home with $10K (going by the story in the above link). Not bad for a 16-year-old.

    2. You write: She’s quite cute.

    No, we think she looks a-cute.

    Maybe, you looked at the person behind her in the picture (in your link). πŸ˜‰

  3. the gora   November 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm


    I don’t know who’s the bigger clown. You or the guy behind her in the photo.

    One more piece of info you’ll find entertaining. She said in her mini interview on the show that she is helping get donations for some charity in India by fundraising at spelling bee competitions. Responds:

    1. You write above: I don’t know who’s the bigger clown. You or the guy behind her in the photo.

    Tis’ the fate of all great souls to be reviled/mocked at in their lifetimes. Think Jesus. Think Samuel Johnson. Think Abhishek Bachchan. πŸ˜‰

    2. You write: She said in her mini interview on the show that she is helping get donations for some charity in India by fundraising at spelling bee competitions.

    More power to her. The blighted land needs all the assistance it can get.

  4. vjcool   November 11, 2009 at 4:42 am

    I remember liking ‘Loin du 16e’, ‘Bastille’ the rest, I think I need to watch it again.

    I was searching for ‘ Satyajit Ray’ in Netflix and got a good list of his films, think I will start with jalsagar , then apu trilogy later on.. does Netflix cater to India.. doesnt seem it does..
    Ok I’ll wait my turn to watch these movies.. he made some comedy movies also, DD aired it on the afternoon regional language slot, many years back.. quite enjoyable childrens fare (Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne).

    think his films will be like reading a Classic of Literature. Responds:

    We’ve seen Ray’s Charulata but never got around to reviewing it.

    We’ll rewatch it and review it one of these days.

  5. vjcool   November 11, 2009 at 4:57 am

    there seem to be so many films to recommend and almost impossible to watch all. too many good film in many languages.. the list for hayao Miyazaki is also almost complete in Netflix.. if you are interested in watching excellent animated features, you can check this out. it was magic to watch, all those simple details drawn perfectly and the sensitive storylines.. Can say what Pixar is to 3D, Miyazaki’s Ghibli is for 2D animation. I never expected to feel emotionally watching hand drawn animation. ‘ Castle in the sky was awesome’ so was ‘Princess Mononoke’ and ‘Spirited Away’. ‘kiki’s Delivery Service’ was soft and tender, so was ‘ My neighbour totoro’.

    then comes Akira Kurusowa with Ran, Seven Samurai, ikiru, throne of blood.. well.. some other time.. too many good movies. too little time Responds:

    1. We usually don’t get high on animations, but we do plan to watch Wes Anderson’s much talked about Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    2. Kurosawa is on our list, particularly his Ran and Seven Samurai.

  6. vjcool   November 20, 2009 at 1:01 am
    thats an AMV set to Robert Miles’ Fable, featuring all of miyazaki’s works.. can introduce the quality of animation to be expected.

    BTW, the soundtracks and BGMs is also orchestral .. almost classical… check it out. Responds:


  7. vjcool   November 23, 2009 at 5:58 am

    about Paris, Je TÒ€ℒaime, I liked the mimes(sweet), the divorce(fine dialogue), the couple trying to bring some spark to their life, the post woman visiting paris(loved the beginners’ French),the cowboydream (was it heaven), the lullaby(quite ironic), the teasing guys(good), the paramedic (touching), the printer(I think he understood perfectly well despite the language barrier), the red trench coat(the flow is good),

    the vampire and the beauty salon went over my head(think they were metaphorical).

    the drug dealer was also quite good.

    your review is half way Responds:

    We’ll complete the review today.

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