Dans Paris is essentially a film about the complex nature of family relationships. The despondent oldest son is broken up due to a failed relationship with a woman. A youthful and irresponsible younger sibling’s sole occupation seems to be terrorizing the lives of those around him.

Their parents add to the sadness with their disastrous marriage. The backdrop: none other than Paris.

Although some of the city’s cultural nuances have trouble transcending the material, the film evokes at times the poetic and self-aware nature of films that have come from Godard and Truffaut. The performance by Romain Duris as the oldest son and brother is the best part of the film.

Grade: B-

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