Producer Emmanuel Benbihy has taken it upon himself to bring love to the world one city at a time, and after Paris, Je T’Aime (2006) and New York, I Love You (2009) he hits Rio de Janeiro with the usual international assortment of directors, whose short segments are strung together into a single narrative (2014). The attractions here are Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), whose typically wry story involves a rich old coot (Basil Hoffman) and his pretty young wife (Emily Mortimer); Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid) spinning a wild tale of vampires who have taken over a town and dance in the streets at night; and José Padilha (Elite Force), whose hero skydives past the giant Christ the Redeemer statue and tells Jesus off. Unfortunately these striking moments are overtaken by the fruit-juice mediocrity of everything else, particularly a connecting narrative about a cabdriver who insists on telling all his riders about the woman who got away. With luck the franchise should give out before we have to watch Boise, I Love You. In English and subtitled French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Rio, I Love You
1 hour 50 min • 2014