David Koskas
Owen Gleiberman
October 01, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Paris

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
128 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/18/09
performer
Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Francois Cluzet
director
Cedric Klapisch
author
Cedric Klapisch
genre
Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a B-

The French director Cédric Klapisch is a glib wizard at weaving folks together, but there are too many secondhand characters roving through Paris, his latest ensemble piece. There’s the young man (Romain Duris) who may have a fatal heart condition; his caretaker sister (Juliette Binoche); the jaded professor (Fabrice Luchini) who stalks a student (and embarrasses us with his ”rock dancing”); his polar-opposite brother (François Cluzet) — all diagrammed to evoke the old/young, archaic/modern paradox of life in Paris. But there’s no denying that it all plays. B?

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