Paris, as overdocumented as any great city, still has new facets to reflect. For proof, see Claire Denis idiosyncratically observed 35 Shots of Ruma contrast to Cedric Klapischs Paris panorama, an encyclopedia of types and banal Cest la vie lessons. When an ensemble film works, you welcome the shifts between characters, intrigued to catch up with each in turn. Pariss rounds feel like obligatory visits. Romain Duris, an actor whose overuse is symptomatic of Frances shallow talent pool, does his preset clenched-forehead as a dancer facing possibly-fatal illness. Fabrice Luchinis professor of Parisian history gets the lone funny business, sending dirty text messages to a student (Inglourious Basterdss Mélanie Laurentmore spellbinding than Paris co-star Juliette Binoche ever was). The white working class and African immigrants get obliging nods, and theres François Cluzets architect, here mostly for a nightmare scene expressing commonplaces about urban planning. There are some good, unusual stop-offs (Rungis, the massive wholesale market; Baudelaires gilded suite on the Île Saint-Louis), as well as location resourcefulness (Klapisch coordinaties a string of scenes along the citys highest monuments). At a 124 minute runtime, though, the writer-director has stretched a wide canvas, and only sporadically found anything worth filling it.
Director: Cédric Klapisch
Writer: Cédric Klapisch
Cast: Xavier Robic, Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, François Cluzet, Fabrice Luchini, Mélanie Laurent, Karin Viard, Albert Dupontel, Annelise Hesme and Gilles Lellouche