Paris, je t’aime

“Sitting there, alone in a foreign country, far from my job and everyone I know, a feeling came over me. It was like remembering something I’d never known before or had always been waiting for, but I didn’t know what. Maybe it was something I’d forgotten or something I’ve been missing all my life. All I can say is that I felt, at the same time, joy and sadness. But not too much sadness, because I felt alive. Yes, alive. That was the moment I fell in love with Paris. And I felt Paris fall in love with me.” – from the final vignette of Paris Je T’Aime

Before I left for my trip, I watched several movies set in France.  My top two recommendations are Midnight in Paris and The Hundred Foot Journey.  However, the one that has stuck with me is Paris, je t’aime.  It consists of 18 short vignettes, each set in a different Paris arrondissement (neighborhood) and each done by separate directors and casts.  It is, of course, uneven but the final vignette from which the above quote comes is remarkable.  The vignette can be viewed here:

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