Actors: Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Gerard Depardieu, Ben Gazzara, Nick Nolte, Natalie Portman, Gena Rowlands, Elijah Wood, et. al.
Paris, Je T'Aime provides eighteen love stories, set in eighteen Paris boroughs, by twenty directors, in two hours. It's a harmless romp around one of the world's great cities by good actors guided by competent directors. Although assigned an R (restricted) rating by the MPAA for language and brief drug use, Paris, Je T'Aime is an inoffensive film as suitable for family viewing by anyone old enough to follow subtitles as it is for a first date.
While there's nothing in Paris, Je T'Aime that isn't done better elsewhere, few films pack as much into two hours. There's something here for everyone: comedy, tragedy, romance, melodrama, multiculturalism, murder, vampires, beautiful people and locales, Oscar Wilde, mimes, and, for the cinephiles, winks to better films. Each segment is only about five minutes long, so if you don't like any particular segment, you only have to wait a couple minutes for something else to come along that you may like better. Further, because there's no meaningful continuity between segments, you're free to enter and leave the viewing area, skip forward, and stop and restart, without feeling you're missing anything essential.
A romp for viewers, Paris, Je T'Aime is more a working holiday for its actors and directors. The actors give their lines with an adequate level of believability that never threatens to upstage their co-stars, and the directors competently execute scenes that move briskly from start to finish without giving away any novel ideas or techniques that they might wish to use in a future feature film.
If you're looking for an inoffensive film to fill two hours, you could do a lot worse than Paris, Je T'Aime.
The Blu-ray release of Paris, Je T'Aime is presented on a single-sided 25Gb Blu-ray disc.
For some unfathomable reason the only subtitle options on this release are Spanish and English SDH for the hearing impaired. The lack of standard English subtitles is a hugely disappointing oversight that makes this release unsuitable for most North American viewers.