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  • Summary: While waiting for a heart transplant that could save his life, Pierre reunites with his sister and her lively children. This rediscovery of his family and observation of the teeming streets outside his window give Pierre hope, and a new sense of how he might spend the time still left to him.While waiting for a heart transplant that could save his life, Pierre reunites with his sister and her lively children. This rediscovery of his family and observation of the teeming streets outside his window give Pierre hope, and a new sense of how he might spend the time still left to him. A cinematic love letter to the city that seems to hide a story behind every shop window, small alley, street market or grand apartment building, the film explores the life and love possible only in PARIS. Expand
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  1. Klapisch's masterstroke was to place at the center of a movie a man, forced by circumstances, to stop and simply observe.
  2. 88
    Every character has life and depth. It's unusual for an episodic film to involve us so well in individual lives; as the narrative circles through their stories, we're genuinely curious about what will happen next.
  3. Has a mature tapestry of characters, a welcome sense of humor and, most crucially, a lovely Juliette Binoche.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    70
    If the idea of interconnectedness feels secondhand, what's fresh and affecting is the way Binoche's and Duris' characters navigate life and death.
  5. 67
    Paris flits from story to story and character to character without doing justice to any of them.
  6. To a one, they're terrific. But in this overpacked ensemble cast, it's Binoche you want to see more of.
  7. 40
    This could have been a true urban mosaic. Instead, we simply get a vision of Paris as the city of lite.

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  1. AnthonyB.
    Oct 17, 2009
    10
    Powerful. Wonderful film. For those out there condemning the film for it's bleakness, you are very unaware of it's purpose. Powerful. Wonderful film. For those out there condemning the film for it's bleakness, you are very unaware of it's purpose. It's obvious Where The Wild Things Are has affected you deeply with it's near perfect representation of the human condition. What's so remarkable about this film is it's ability to express so much with such subtlety. No spoon-feeding needed. It's a painfully beautiful story full of monstrous and disorienting emotions; the core of humanity. This is not just a film for children(which it is,) but a film for any rational, inquiring, and compassionate person. So many people are arguing over whether it's appropriate for children. That the story too frightening and too adult. Not true. I remember these emotions. I remember these thoughts. Children are not and should not be excluded from humanity. Imagination is a person's mechanism for exploring life and it's challenges. It's often terrifying and it's often melancholy. Children will appreciate this movie and, with hope, be forced to think. It's foolish to believe children are devoid of confronting fears we all have. Expand
  2. Pats
    Sep 26, 2009
    4
    Two hours of misery, boredom, and irritation redeemed (?) by a ten-minute final sermon to ":seize the day." I sure wish that I had seized Two hours of misery, boredom, and irritation redeemed (?) by a ten-minute final sermon to ":seize the day." I sure wish that I had seized this beautiful fall afternoon in Minneapolis rather than sitting in a theater watching people whose vapid lives annoyed me. Hey, people, you can choose your attitude about things. You create many of the conditions in your lives by your behavior. Grow up! Grow out to others. And this comes from a retired French teacher, lover of Paris and most things French but, come to think of it, not of Parisian ennui. Collapse

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