Movie Review: "Paris"

The film, written and directed by Cedric Klapisch, received excellent reviews. Stephen Holden concluded his analysis in The New York Times review by writing:

"There are enough intersecting characters from different classes and backgrounds in Paris to evoke the city as a complex, healthy organism, whose parts are all connected. If it is too lighthearted to show the actual political and economic machinery behind it, its celebration of how well that machinery works produces a pleasant afterglow."

My expectation was that the City of Lights would be displayed in an exceptional manner. Take it from me, it is not. I don't claim to know Paris well, but I have visited the city on several occasions. In my opinion, its beauty is predicated on the splendor and uniformity of its architecture. Unfortunately, the panoramic views from the sky in this film are so small that the magnificence of the city and that harmonized architecture is lost.

Pierre (Romain Duris) is a dancer in poor health due to a heart condition. His divorced sister, Elise (Juliette Binoche), and her three children move in with him to tend to his needs. Elise decides to find a girlfriend for Pierre who has his eye on a woman in an apartment across the street. The most interesting character is Roland (Fabrice Luchini), a professor who stalks one of his students, Laetitia (Melanie Laurent).

With all of the advance publicity about "Paris," I was surprised to feel so bored after having seen it. The movie is a French version of Robert Altman's "Short Cuts," but Altman's characters and stories are far more interesting. The film is playing at the IFC Center on Sixth Avenue at West Third Street. The theater has the most comfortable seats and often the best movies. On this occasion, however, it was only the seats that I enjoyed. (In French, with English subtitles.)

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Mayor Koch saved New York City from bankruptcy and restored the pride of New Yorkers during his three terms as mayor from 1978-1989. He restored fiscal stability by placing the city on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget. He created a housing program that provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing and created New York City's first merit judicial selection system. Prior to being mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. He was drafted into the Army his last year of college and served with the 104th Infantry Division. He received two battle stars and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. He received his LL.B. degree from the New York University School of Law in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and hosts a call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR). Mr. Koch appears weekly on NY1 television and is the author of ten autobiographical books.

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