Like rampant ground ivy, a meandering criss-cross narrative intercutting various (largely unrelated) short stories into a fitful fresco. Appealing performances and cinematography atone for the gluttony of narrative threads and somewhat needless length. It offers no real character insights, least of all into the titular city, but provides some sense of tempered melancholy in an undemanding manner. A sticking point is the increasing suspicion of a compilation soundtrack album being assembled in the latter stages of the film.
I loved this film, it was filled with great images of pairs and not just the cafe's and shops. The film ends on a good note in my opinion yet throughout the film the cast as a people "the Parisians" don't quite do it for me. If you not familiar with this style of film actors/producer i would have to say this is a must see.
Well done Cedric - after a few lightweight offerings he has given us an engaging and emotionally charged story that really grips. The ensemble acting is good, the characters interesting and the chance encounters and links not as contrived as they could have been. Juliet B is great as usual. I thought I had worked out how it would all end, but I got it wrong - brilliant! When the cat's away is similarly impressive.