Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Paris 2008

Directed by Cédric Klapisch

From the director of The Spanish Apartment, a mult-character cavalcade of life and death and love and the lack of it in the City of Lights. "A rich and satisfying indulgence." —

France In English and French with English subtitles
130 minutes 35mm / CinemaScope

Director, Screenplay


Christophe Beaucarne


Francine Sandberg


Loïk Dury


Juliette Binoche
Romain Duris
Fabrice Luchini
Albert Dupontel
François Cluzet
Karin Viard
Gilles Lellouche


Cédric Klapisch, whose When the Cat's Away and The Spanish Apartment delighted in the bonds of tight community, here extends his attention to all of Paris. This multi-character cavalcade of life and death and love and the lack of it in the City of Lights almost seems intended to leave audiences wanting more. Romain Duris plays a cabaret dancer awaiting heart surgery. Juliette Binoche is his social-worker sister who moves in to help. Local stallholders are among the many whose lives intersect with hers. Carpe diemis the message and Fabrice Luchini plays a jaded history professor who does just that with a beautiful young student. Sacré-Coeur, Père Lachaise and numerous other iconic locations are wittily incorporated, but less frequented venues such as Rungis, the massive wholesale food market, are just as seductive.