New York, I Love You

New York, I Love You

New York, I Love You

               Genre: Episode Film
               New York

Love on the recipe

  There are recipes that are so simple and so compelling that they must be easy to realize. For example, even this one, which is now the thread from Paris, je t’aime, and transatlantic picks up in the Big Apple weiterspinnt. Other parts of the project, which was established under the label of “Cities of Love”, are currently being planned, as the next Jerusalem, Rio de Janeiro are to follow, Shanghai, Venice and Timbuktu. In Berlin, ick liebe dir “we must certainly wait a little longer.

Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Jiang Wen, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner and Randall Balsmeyer called the directors who have gathered together with Emmanuel Benbihy Marina Grasic, this time behind the camera. The team is impressive cast: Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Irfan Khan, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Olivia Thirlby, Bradley Cooper, Drea de Matteo, Julie Christie , John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Ugur Yücel, Shu Qi, Chris Cooper, Robin Wright Penn, Eli Wallach, Cloris Leachman, and many more work in the twelve stories about love in one of the most exciting cities with the world. Although the filmmakers were free to choose their subjects, there were strict rules observed that the balance between the individual stories, while preserving should ensure that the end result did not go out of control. Thus each of the stories had to be connected with a New York City, every story should have something to do with love and every story should produce an approximately eight-minute episode. In addition to these basic requirements, there were other restrictions on the production. So each of the directors had put just two days time to make his story with some of his actors and camera people. Then each of the filmmakers up to seven days in the editing room were granted with a cutter of their own choice, while at the same time the next team has already turned a new episodes. And finally all the directors have had within their respective time slot with the same costume, scene, and farmers working the identical rest of the team. Unlike with such a rigorous production schedule such a film would probably have been too difficult to implement.

The greatest strength of bus projects such as this is also almost always their most obvious weakness: the variety through the different contributions of different directors will almost necessarily lead to heterogeneity in the thread are made using a framework for action must be tediously. This impression is strengthened by the innovation that the individual episodes are not durcherzählt from beginning to end, but will sometimes jump between the segments. The overall result is usually mixed and has a significant quality gap. Here, too, New York, I Love You is no exception.

To the successful episodes include Brett Ratner’s episode in Central Park, is extravaganzas disappeared in the course of a teenager (Anton Yelchin), just before the prom by his heartless girlfriend. Thank goodness knows the pharmacist Riccoli Frank (James Caan) Council and presented to the unfortunate young man his own daughter (Olivia Thirlby) as a replacement. However, the sitting in a wheelchair. Captivating is Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) miniature of an elderly couple (Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman), which scolds at the Brighton Beach waterfront that the fur flies – and yet can not live without each other. Also impressive is Yvan Attal episode is a charming Ripper (Ethan Hawke), who ausbeißt in a strange beauty (Maggie Q), the teeth. Unfortunately, not all stories are as successful as these three, yet it is pleasant also to maintain the brevity of the contributions.

Although some of the stories may not be as witty and surprising as Paris, je t’aime, the movie seems, at least formally considered harmonious fall, the differences in style and production not so much weight that works whole is more of a piece. This is mainly due to the increased nesting and interlocking of individual episodes, let the people of different stories meet each other in order to then move from one narrative to the next. While we know such associative connections by other episode films like Short Cuts, in comparison with Paris, je t’aime, but this represents an innovation and may well established in the following works of “Cities of Love” series as a standard. The flow of the narrative and stringency of the film certainly does not detract from it – quite the contrary. Overall the impact New York, I Love You more dynamic, modern and urban than its predecessor. If it was going to come out even to refine the selection of stories, this format could certainly still improve a lot. The potential is certainly there. And the way apparently not over yet …

(Paul Collmar)

Title: New York, I Love You Country of production: France, USA Year of production: 2009 Length: 110 (min) of material: Concorde Film Distribution

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