Time Out says
Auteurists might point out the director’s continuing fascination here with the themes of grieving and inheritance or with the complications of expressing personal desires or feelings within a family context, but, in truth, ‘Dans Paris’ is as much about the fun to be had exploring the polarities of ‘cool’ against the backdrop of the iconic French capital, here rendered, seductively, by cinematographer Jean-Louis Vialard, as a memorable montage of cinéaste location quotes and movie hommages.
Just as Honoré suggests movement through jiggling timeframes in his examination of Paul’s troubled relationship with his demonstrative girlfriend, Anna (Joanna Preiss) or Jonathan’s serial sexual conquests, so does his movie gain added depth (and levity) by examining present concerns and modes through the refractive lens of ’60s cinema. It’s the sort of movie in which a young Belmondo could walk into and feel right at home. Certainly, Truffaut veterans Guy Marchand and Marie-France Pisier do, offering touching, amusing and enviably economic cameos as the sweetly indulgent father and as the flouncing mother respectively.
Cast and crew
Judith El Zein
Lou Rambert Preiss