I have a copy of Paris, je t’aime sitting right here staring me in the face, but as much as I want to watch it, I haven’t made time to pop it in yet. If you haven’t heard of it, it was a pretty ambitious and well-acclaimed film (84% on RT) that consisted of a bunch of short segments, each directed by and starring different people, but each revolving around the common theme of love in Paris, the most romantic city in the world. It had names like Joel and Ethan Coen, Gus Van Sant, Alfonso Cuarón, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, and even Wes Craven directing and actors that included the likes of Juliette Binoche, Natalie Portman, Bob Hoskins, Emily Mortimer, Elijah Wood, Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Gena Rowlands – among many others. Since I haven’t watched it, I’m not sure how it turned out, which I imagine is tough when each director is only given a slot of five minutes or so to work with, but if nothing else, it’s a very ambitious idea.
Now Paris, Je T’aime producer Emmanuel Benbihy is in the process of putting together a spiritual successor: New York, I Love You, an anthology of love stories in New York City. So far, the talent of the directors he’s put together isn’t on par with its predecessor: Zach Braff (Garden State), Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, Cold Mountain), Chan-wook Park (Oldboy), Fatih Akin (Head-On) Mira Nair (Vanity Fair, The Namesake), The Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, From Hell), and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon). Not as impressive of a line-up overall, but it will still be interesting to see how it turns out, especially to get the viewpoint of the directors that don’t call America and New York City their home.
Producer Benbihy said of the film: “Hopefully, with NY, I Love You, critics will have more difficulty choosing their favorite or least favorite segments. They’ll all be good. We want to give the illusion of unity as much as possible and bring the narrative challenge a step further.”
Thanks to Film Junk for the heads up.