Monday, August 25, 2008

new york, i love you trailer

Here is the trailer for New York, I Love You, the Big Apple version of Paris je t'aime. Both are anthologies celebrating a city in the title, but I can't help feeling underwhelmed by this trailer. Paris's trailer was visually stunning, from the opening of Steve Buscemi's face turning in a colorized metro to the symmetrical dancing of the mimes in prison (which was sadly not included in the Americanized trailer). Out of the handful of vignettes, I only really loved about five or so, but when I say I loved them, I mean I loved them. The trailer for New York, I Love You does not give me that sense of hope for really amazing cinematic feats. There is no altered coloration. It all just looks saturated (re: dirty). Each of the stories looks similar, so where is the director's vision? What makes each story stand out? And something tells me the narratives will not blow me away like they did in Paris, je t'aime. So I don't know. I may just hold out for the film Venezia, ti amo (which only exists in my dreams).

Below is the trailer for Paris, je t'aime. You can compare the two trailers, but I think you'll be disappointed by the former. For those that are interested, the stories I fell in love with are, in order:
Place des fêtes — by German writer-director Oliver Schmitz. A Nigerian man (Seydou Boro), dying from a stab wound in the Place des fêtes asks a woman paramedic (Aïssa Maïga) for a cup of coffee. It is then revealed that he had fallen in love at first sight with her some time previously. By the time she remembers him, and has received the coffee, he has passed.
Loin du 16e — by Brazilian writer-directors Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas. A young woman (Catalina Sandino Moreno) sings a Spanish lullaby ("Que Linda Manito") to her baby before leaving it in a daycare. She then takes an extremely long commute to the home of her wealthy employer (whose face is not seen), where she sings the same lullaby to her employer's baby.
14e arrondissement — written and directed by Alexander Payne. Carol (Margo Martindale), a letter carrier from Denver, Colorado on her first European holiday, recites in rough French what she loves about Paris.
Bastille — by Spanish writer-director Isabel Coixet. Prepared to leave his marriage for a much younger lover (Leonor Watling), a man (Sergio Castellitto) instead decides to stay with his wife (Miranda Richardson) after she reveals a terminal illness - and rediscovers the love he once felt for her.
Tuileries — by American writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen. A comic film in which an American tourist (Steve Buscemi) waiting at the Tuileries station becomes involved in the conflict between a young couple (Axel Kiener and Julie Bataille) after he breaks the cardinal rule of avoiding eye contact with people on the Paris Metro.

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