Paris je t'aime
Everyone equates Paris with love. With such a rich history of romantic architecture, poets and artists, how could you not? I have only travelled to Paris once during the late 90’s and I was honestly underwhelmed by the hype. Certainly, the buildings were beautiful and there is nothing quite like seeing the places you’ve studied in books, but I was more taken by the smaller towns in the south of France. Even still, I do adore Paris – my home is decorated with french motifs and Art Deco vintage posters all in hommage to the city.
Perhaps it’s a place best appreciated by lovers young and old. I think I would have enjoyed it morex100 if I was holding hands with a lover while window shopping and strolling down les Champs Elysees or KB-ing (kissing bandit-ing) recklessly atop La Tour Eiffel.
Here are some wonderfully romantic foreign films that showcase the sights and sounds of Paris:
- Paris Je T’Aime – (Paris, I love you) This film incorporates the different boroughs of the city as backdrops to short love stories. The tagline of this film is Stories of Love from the City of Love. K and I both love the “Quais de Seine” vignette.
- Amelie – The film that made Audrey Tatou famous as the title character, is about a young Parisian girl who sets off on a mission to help others and finds love in the process. Um, teardrop waterfall. My favourite part is when Bretodeau answers the phonebooth (oh gawd, I cried like a baby).
- Belle de Jour – Okay, so this isn’t like a typical romantic movie… it’s more like erotica light. I freakin’ love Catherine Deneuve in anything from the 1960’s. This film, directed by Luis Bunuel was quite controversial for its time as the plot involves a bored, frigid housewife who spends her afternoons as a prostitute (for fun). Catherine’s perfectly coiffed chignons, french lingerie, dramatic smokey eyes and the wardrobe by Yves Saint Laurent are all TDF (to die for)!