French producer Emmanuel Benbihy refines the concept of his anthology film Paris, Je T'Aime (2006) with this valentine to New York, using recurring characters and interstitial scenes to unify ten segments by different directors, most of them internationally renowned. The project is lush and seductive as a whole, though some segments are especially vibrant; most haunting is the one by Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth), based on an Anthony Minghella story, about an encounter between a fading diva (Julie Christie) and a hotel bellman (Shia LaBeouf) on the Upper East Side. Yvan Attal (My Wife Is an Actress) captures SoHo's edge in the banter between a crass womanizer (Ethan Hawke) and the knockout who isn't buying his shtick (Maggie Q), while Brett Ratner, of all people (Rush Hour, Red Dragon), delivers the funniest and most original segment, about an unforgettable prom night in Central Park.
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