Whether you are longing to return to Paris or dreaming of your first visit, these films will help quench your thirst for the City of Light.
LAST TANGO IN PARIS
1972 – Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider – Last Tango was a controversial and barrier braking movie. Although much of it takes place in a Paris apartment there are still many scenes around the city. The film follows the relationship of a man coming to grips with his wife’s suicide and a young engaged Parisian woman. A classic movie. I don’t recommend it if you’re easily offended. Last Tango in Paris was released with an X rating, but later revised to NC-17. There is also an edited rated R version. I just recommended this movie to a friend. His review was short, “wtf was that? I loved it!”.
Language: French and English
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
2011 – Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody – I’m not usually a huge fan of romantic comedies unless they’re more comedy then romance, but I liked Midnight in Paris. It added a little twist to the predictable genre. The reason it’s on this list is its great visual tour of Paris. The movie begins with shots of the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur, and many other beautiful shots from around La Ville-Lumière, and the tour never stops.
English with a little French
2 DAYS IN PARIS
2007 – July Delpy and Adam Goldberg – 2 Days in Paris is about a French photographer and her nuerotic boyfriend. They stop by Marion’s (Delpy) parents’ house in Paris to pick up her cat on the way back to New York from a “romantic” visit to Venice. The film follows Jack’s (Goldberg) uncomfortable 2 days in Paris while he deals with the language barrier, Marion’s ex-boyfriends, and family. The movie features scenes at the Gare du Nord, Pasteur Metro Station, the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, and random shots throughout the streets of Paris.
French and English
2006 – Cécile de France – The movie is about a woman who moves from Mâcon to Paris to see the life of luxery that her grandmother always told her about. She gets a job at a prestiges café in the high-end 8th arrondisment. The film follows her interactions with the interesting clientele and artists of Avenue Montaigne. There are lots of nice shots of Paris throughout the movie.
PARIS JE T’AIME
2006 – Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Gérard Depardieu, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Nolte, Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood – This movie was originally supposed to contain one short film for each of the twenty arrondisments of Paris, but two were cut. It still contains an impressive tour of eighteen of the twenty neighborhoods. The movie review site, rottentomatoes.com said, “Paris Je T’aime is uneven, but there are more than enough delightful moments in this omnibus tribute to the City of Lights to tip the scale in its favor.”
French and English
Any recommendations? What’s the best movie to watch if you want to see Paris?