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Paris, 13th District (2021)Paris, 13th District (2021)

Paris, 13th District (2021)

A sensuous drama following the love and sex lives of three young Parisians

Drama, Romance

7.0

movie

France

French, Mandarin

Character-driven, Dramatic, Emotional

2021

Jacques Audiard

Carl Malapa, Fabienne Galula, Geneviève Doang

106 min

Synopsis

Émilie meets Camille who is attracted to Nora, who crosses paths with Amber. Three girls and a boy – They’re friends, sometimes lovers and often both.

Our Take

7.0
The Staff

When Émilie finds a new roommate in Camille, she also gains a friend and a lover. Still, the parameters of their relationship are never quite sure, causing a complicated chasm that both divides and arouses them. Eventually, they meet Nora, who brings her own desires and insecurities into the mix. Experimentation ensues as the film follows the trio coming into their own as sexual and human beings. 

Shot in rich black and white against the backdrop of Paris’ urban Les Olympiades neighborhood, Paris, 13th District is a finely balanced film that never overstays its welcome in the contrasting ideas it takes on. Classic love stories offset modern setups of romance, while fast-paced city life levels out the uncertainty of its inhabitants. Paris, 13th District is an engaging watch, not despite but because of its bold attempt to be many things at once. 

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