A few weeks ago, we were lusting over 1920′s Paris thanks to Woody Allen’s latest film. So we gathered a few tips to help you indulge in the era of Josephine Baker, Cole Porter, and Hemmingway. THIS week, for those of us who would settle for Paris regardless the era, we’ve compiled a short list of our favourite films that are sure to transport you to the city of love & light!
Paris J’taime - 20 acclaimed filmmakers including Gus Van Sant & the Coen Brothers, bring us 18 love letters to the Paris (starring Natalie Portman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi, William Defoe, & Elijah Wood).
Three Colours: Blue - The first of Polish Director, Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy based on the 3 tenets of France’s national motto – Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. This film’s theme is liberty as we watch Julie, the wife of recently deceased composer, attempt to start her life anew in Paris.
Paris - Starring 2 of our favourites – Juliette Binoche & Romain Duris – This film intertweaves multiple stories with the main focus on Pierre, a cabaret dancer who has recently been diagnosed with heart disease. Pierre watches as Parisians around him go about their daily lives, not realising the preciousness of life.
Breathless - Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 film tells the love story of Michael – a small-time criminal wanted for killing a cop – and Patricia – an American selling the Herald Tribune along the boulevards of Paris.
Amelie - If you haven’t yet seen this, where have you been? An utterly quirky delight. The charming innocent & naive Amelie finds love in Paris…and changes the lives of the people she knows.
Gainsbourg - An eccentric take on the life of legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg and his famous relationships with Jane Birken & Brigid Bardot.
The Dreamers - Set in 1968 Paris in the midst of the student riots of the time, a young American befriends cinema-obsessed French twin brother and sister Isabelle & Theo. These three dabble in sexual freedom, politics, and cinema.