Gerard Depardieu. The trick is, you say it slowly, with nasal, and one syllable at a time. I thought of this because we saw Monsieur Depardieu in a stimulating calvacade of film last night at the Belcourt. The name of the flick is Paris Je T’aime and it consists of 18 short films by 18 different directors. Each film-negtte was shot in a different sector of Paris.
The marvelously cheek-boned Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a narcotized actor in one (Maggie steals my heart every-time she appears on screen in any movie). Lotsa other folks you would recognize show up (Natalie Portman and the deliriously wonderful befuddled Steve Buscemi are two other highlights).
The film ends with a mid-western American’s ‘high school French’ rendition of her trip alone to Paris. At first you’re thinking…oh shit, it’s another Ugly American story, and then as it unfolds, you realize that she has a wonderful, if lonely, heart, and there is no patronizing attitude a’tall.
Recommended for movie lovers..great soundtrack.. Oh yeah, one of the bits has vampires!