Paris, 13th District - Review (London Film Festival 2021)
It Began Like This. 4 / 5
Directed by Jacques Audiard.
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.
This modern take on love and relationships is full of character, heart, sex and has such great energy thanks to the diversity of its three leads. Jacques Audiard's Paris, 13th District takes place in a relatively new area of Paris, away from the iconic tourist sights but still full of the vitality that makes it one of the most famous cities in the world.
It's a story about self-discovery, a story of reinvention, a story of intimacy. Camille is running away from his commitments through disposable flings, Nora moves to Paris for a new start before the rug is pulled from underneath her and Èmilie is looking for a roommate and someone to love as she hides from her family responsibilities. The way these three stories intersect is satisfying to watch, helping each other and in turn themselves.
This modern love triangle shows our characters looking for different things but taking the same route to their destinations - they are all distinctly different characters with their own lives and desires.
Grounded in reality, Paris, 13th District feels really special, looking into human error as something to be celebrated and learned from rather than ignored.