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Paris postcards

Paris Je T’aime” is a visual treat that will leave the eyes thankful for the experience.

It is a series of charming tales in which 20 filmmakers unleash their Paris “for better or worst” interpretations.

In the opening story by director Bruno Podalydes, a man rambles on about his sadness at not having a lover, after he has triumphantly found parking in a busy Paris street. He mournfully watches couples pass by and lists the many reasons why he is the perfect catch. Then, as he tries to help a woman who suddenly faints while walking by his car, his luck begins to turn.

The opening scene sets the intimate, soft, fragile and charming tone of the film.

The simple but real storylines that reveal people’s physical and emotional pain, their happiness and excitement allow the viewers to connect with the characters and their lives.

Inspiring cinematography taps into the architectural gems of Paris with aerial night shots of the city that set the tone for romance, anxiety, loneliness and violence that lurks around the corner.

The list of directors includes Wes Craven, Alexander Payne, Christopher Doyle and the Coen brothers.

The Coen brothers show the humor and horror in touring a new country, as their film depicts life in the Paris subway. An American tourist, played by Steve Buscemi, is unaware of “appropriate” metro behavior and finds himself in the middle of a lovers’ quarrel when he makes eye contact with a young woman.

A jealous lover attacks the confused tourist as a little boy amuses himself by throwing darts in Buscemi’s face. The viewer is laughing at the comedy while simultaneously feeling the tragedy of the real violence toward Buscemi’s character.

Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha shows a Paris where young loves know no racial or cultural boundaries. A teenage boy comes to a young Muslim girl’s rescue as she stumbles and loses her hijab and passers-by laugh.

Although the stage is set for conflict as the young couple runs into the girl’s grandfather, anxiety quickly gives way to innocent romance.

In another short film, the viewer watches as a spontaneous rendezvous between a middleaged couple is not what it appears to be. The charming dialogue and the other younger romantic meetings in the film are examples of the film’s honest storytelling. Paris is a city where preoccupations with love are not reserved for the young.

There are several tales sandwiched in the film that can only be described as bizarre. The viewer is not sure what any of them actually mean until the films are over, and maybe not even then.

Bizarre crosses into the realm of fantasy in a story by director Vincenzo Natali about a comic book enthusiast, played by Elijah Wood, who becomes infatuated with a vampire, who spares his life after connecting with the young boy.

The acting and directing of each film injects heart into every Parisian tale in “Paris Je T’aime.”

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