Payne’s was the only one i could stomach. I was very disappointed in the whole production.
The Olivier Assayas one w/Maggie Gyllenhaal. boy was that a good short film.
Gus Van Sant’s “Le Marais”, starring Gaspard Ulliel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3t9_vs5Wn8
It was my favorite scene in the entire film because (to me) it spoke to my soul and to the depths of my being!
Plus, Gaspard Ulliel is one of my favorites as well.
I’ll forever remember that scene in my mind and it has/will continue to touch my soul.
My top five favorite arrondisements:
5. Le Marais (IVe arrondissement) by Gus Van Sant- I’m a little biased because I’m big fan of his movies but it’s really good knowing that the language barrier between the two guys is the only hindrance of them being soulmates.
4. Quartier des Enfants Rouges (IIIe arrondissement) by Olivier Assayas- really sad story. Petty drug dealer is in love with Maggie Gyllenhaal but Maggie loves her drugs more than him.
3. Bastille (XIIe arrondissement) by Isabel Coixet- i find this more tragic than sad. But the good thing in this segment is that it showed love is sweeter the second time around, even with Miranda Richardson’s character on the brink of death.
2. Tour Eiffel (VIIe arrondissement) by Sylvain Chomet. I’m a sucker for Chomet’s Triplets of Belleville. This segment is light hearted, comedic, whimsical and touching.
1. 14e arrondissement (XIVe arrondissement) by Alexander Payne. Beautiful ending for a beautiful movie.
Le Marais by Gus Van Sant was really lovely, also the one with mimes and with Natalie Portman. I clearly remember only this trio, other arrondissements were quite unexceptional.
I think the best arrondissements are (chronologically):
Tuileries by Joel & Ethan CoenTour Eiffel by Sylvain ChometFaubourg Saint-Denis by Tom Tykwer14e arrondissement by Alexander Payne
I also really liked Loin du 16e by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, and the one-shot by Alfonso Cuarón. I think Nobuhiro Suwa and Vincenzo Natali also did a good job.