Screened as part of NZIFF 2008
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.