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  • 4.0
    66

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Being in Paris is to be inside a work of art, and it is no surprise that in the charming collection of vignettes that make up Paris je t'aime, the art is love.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The stories run a gamut of emotions: melancholy, bittersweet, provocative, witty, poignant, silly and fanciful.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The masterpiece of the bunch is the last, wonderful piece by Alexander Payne ("14eme Arrondissement").

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Anthology films usually work better in theory than execution, but this feature parade of shorts is a blithe, worldly, and enchanting exception.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

18 shorts about love for mature art house fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Paris, Je T'Aime is comprised of 18 five-minute shorts that each take place in a different Paris neighborhood and all have to do with love in some way. There's plenty of adult content sprinkled throughout with strong language, some drug use, and a bit of violence. The most poignant shorts deal with loss: a mother tries to go on after losing her young son, a man dies of a stab wound in front of a woman he likes, and a man nurses his terminally ill wife until her death. Love is a major theme, of course, but so is diversity with Parisians of all stripes and backgrounds represented and celebrated.

  • Families can talk about Paris from all the perspectives shown here. Which short is your favorite? Which ones didn't grab you?
  • How did each short have to do with love? Was it harder to find this theme in some?
  • Which shorts dealt with the topic of diversity? How often do you think these Parisians are represented on film?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Love is at the center of these 18 shorts, with Parisians and visitors to Paris finding it, losing it, and learning to let go. Because each story takes place in a different Paris neighborhood, there's also a lot of diversity and an underlying theme of embracing and celebrating the diversity of Paris.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Some shorts are full of admirable characters. In "Place des Victoires," a mother mourns the loss of her son and finds the strength to go on. In "Bastille" an adulterous man turns himself around to be there for his terminally ill wife. Then there are the not-so-admirable sort: In "Tuileries" a couple toys with and then beats a lonely tourist caught staring at them.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: The bloodiest short (though the blood is surreal and glowing) has a vampire draining a victim and then turning another man into a vampire. In another short a man is stabbed and dies slowly. In still others a woman faints, a tourist is beaten up, and a hairdresser does some martial arts moves. Two shorts deal with loss: in one, a mother mourns a son who's already dead; in another, a husband nurses his wife with a terminal illness.

  • sex false3

    Sex: One couple is shown in bed from the head up having an orgasm. In another short a couple visits a red light district to rekindle their romance; a scantily clad woman begins to strip but not much is shown. Lots of couples are shown kissing. A vampire couple kisses/bites passionately. There's a close-up of a woman's thong while teen boys engage in lewd cat-calling with plenty of sexually charged language.

  • language false4

    Language: The first two shorts have the most strong language, with occasional strings of obscenities. In the rest of the shorts it's sporadic but sometimes pretty strong. Words include "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "p---y," "t-ts," "faggot," "c--t," "f--k," and "dammit."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A mention of Clarks shoes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smokers abound. And there are plenty of scenes in bars with adults drinking sprinkled throughout the shorts. In "Quartier des Enfants Rouges" the main character meets with a drug dealer twice and is shown taking hard drugs and smoking pot at a party.

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