An enticing exercise in Truffaut style filmmaking

Sporting all the hallmarks of the French nouveau-vague, Dans Paris is an enticing exercise in Truffaut style filmmaking. Unhindered by traditional constraints of narrative and plot, Christophe Honoré subtly brings the life of a family into stark view, while at the same time exploring ‘inside Paris’.

Skilfully contrasting depressed lovesick Paul (Romain Duris) with his wayward, younger brother Jonathan (Louis Garrel), Honoré paints a picture of a family coming together in pain and tragedy. However, this is by no means a jump off the cliff depress-a-thon. There are plenty of laughs here, albeit of the dark variety. Garrel’s turn as the feckless Jonathan, desperate to get his brother out of bed and into town, is wonderfully entertaining as he runs through the Parisian streets from girl to girl.

Well paced with a few surreal touches, Honoré brings the best out of a tight script and his uniformly excellent cast. From start to finish Dans Paris screams effortless French cool. Highly recommended.

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