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… hits and misses all over the place …

Who's in It: Fanny Ardant, Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Gérard Depardieu, Marianne Faithfull, Ben Gazzara, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bob Hoskins, Emily Mortimer, Nick Nolte, Catalina Sandina Moreno, Natalie Portman, Miranda Richardson, Gena Rowlands, Rufus Sewell, Elijah Wood

The Basics: It's 18 short films in one, each about a different neighborhood in Paris, from directors like Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin and Gérard Depardieu, Gurinder Chadha, Joel and Ethan Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Alexander Payne, Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer and Gus Van Sant.

What's the Deal? Like a compilation album where you like some bands and aren't so crazy about others, this hits and misses all over the place, but the great thing is that somehow even though a handful of the shorts feel like clunky potholes in the road, it all holds together anyway and feels like the coolest travelogue ever.

My Favorites: "Montmartre," about a guy looking for a parking space and finding something else, "Le Marais" about two Gus Van Sant-approved pretty boys meeting enigmatically, "Bastille," about a couple on the verge of divorce who find out they need each other. Meanwhile, Alexander Payne's "14th Arrondissement," the one that ends the movie, makes it worth the price of admission all by itself.

Which Actors Worked the Hardest: Portman and Melchior Beslon in Tykwer's (Run Lola Run). For a short little movie, they're in about a million individual shots. Costume changes. Locations. Everything.


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