Paris flooded and abandoned in short film

This strangely affecting short of Paris, abandoned under a yard of water, is by Olivier Campagne & Vivien Balzi. Brice Tillet made the music. [Video Link via Laughing Squid]


  1. I love the imagery of a flooded city.  Probably because I’ve never had so much as a flooded basement.

  2. Nicely done although not so difficult to make, I assume. Just a lot of flipping of the images and there’s very little camera movement so that makes it easier, I think. And how come the chairs at the café are not floating away?

  3. Looks like something Republicans would come up with here in the US.  “It’s not a disaster – it’s a job creation program for gondoliers!”

  4. Definitely haunting and cool.  The use of the waterphone in this film’s soundtrack is both redundant and kinda hackneyed though.  I’d have run “I Love Paris” through a bunch of filters, slowed it to half speed and made it sound like the ghost of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was roaming the street collecting souls.

    But that’s only because it’s Friday.

  5. This reminds me of the movie The Journey (1992) by Fernando “Pino” Solanas. The same effect is used to show a flooded Buenos Aires.

  6. Cool film, although if it’s supposed to be a warning about climate change, you can’t flood Paris.  There’s only enough ice to raise the sea levels about 70 meters and Paris is at about 120.

  7. Most years, there are a few days when the Seine rises by a metre or more and you get minor local flooding in low-lying parts of Paris. It’s not uncommon for some of the roadways that run alongside the Seine to be completely covered. There are measures on some of the bridges indicating the height of the flood in centimetres, but Parisians more commonly refer to the rising waters by saying how high the water reaches on the statue of a zouave (Algerian infantryman) located on the Pont D’Alma. You’ll sometimes hear something like “Les culottes du zouave sont trempées” (“The zouave’s pants are soaked”) used as a short-hand to describe the extent of the flooding.

    For any of the places shown in that video to be under a metre of water, the flooding would have to be very much more severe, however, and the zouave would be well under water.

    There are some pictures of the Seine in flood on my site at: (shameless self-plug). If you don’t know Paris, it’s not obvious exactly how high the water is in those photos, but the fourth picture shows a major road that has been completely covered. The normal course of the Seine is to the right of the guardrail that you can see just above the water in that picture, and a good metre or more lower than the road.

  8. There are certain types of very bad things that can happen to people, where when they realize it’s coming they clean and organize their surroundings… before they have to leave. This movie looks like that just happened.

  9. I was being imprecise.  The Seine can flood, of course, but you can’t get sea level rise high enough to flood Paris because of ice cap melt.  Point taken.

    1. The elevation of most of Paris is 35 meters.  ( )  So if enough ice melts, Paris could be offshore, with Sacre-Coeur on a nice little island.

      Hmm. Correction – I think maybe Paris would just have a big bay along the Seine. Google tells me the elevation of the Eiffel Tower is 72 meters, so … man, I don’t remember any hike up 37 meters of hill to get to the Eiffel Tower.

      Apparently, the elevation of Paris is fractal or something. God knows what would happen if the ice caps melt. You’d definitely be better off in Zürich, though.

  10. is it real? the flood water looks rather cgi to me.

    anyway thanks i love all the Paris footage, i was like hey i’ve been there..

    plus instead of that music, i’d rather hear the sounds of the flood

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