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21 July 1986 (USA) See more »
When Peter, Margaux's American writer husband, leaves Paris in a funk and heads home, she finds herself the single parent of two near teens... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Catherine Deneuve ... Margaux

Christopher Lambert ... Jeremy (as Christophe Lambert)

Richard Anconina ... Michel

Jacques Perrin ... Yves

Nick Mancuso ... Peter

Dayle Haddon ... Corinne

Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Charlotte Marker
Dominique Lavanant ... Florence
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franck Ayas ... Elliott
Charles Biddle Jr. ... Un serveur chanteur chez Gruber

Stephanie Biddle ... Waitress-Singer
Stephanie Biddler ... Un serveur chanteur chez Gruber
Nelly Borgeaud ... Julie
Emmanuelle Boutet ... Enfant Julie
Laurene Boutet ... Enfant Julie
Alexandre Buenos ... Enfant Julie
Catherine Carel ... La femme de l'agence
Anne Cassel ... Fille Michel 2
Clémentine Célarié ... Fille Michel 1
Yumi Fujimori ... Standardiste
Didier Hoffmann ... Robin
Marc Kratchik ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Inigo Lezzi ... Jean-Paul
Diane Markowitz ... Leslie

Marie-Renée Patry ... Chanteuse Rock
Julie Ravix ... Claire
Lionel Rocheman ... Gruber
Maida Rogerson ... Sarah
László Szabó ... Alain
Warren 'Slim' Williams ... Chauffeur de Bus (Bus Driver)

Directed by
Élie Chouraqui 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Élie Chouraqui 

Produced by
Robert Baylis .... executive producer
Marie Chouraqui .... producer (as Marie-Christine Chouraqui)
Élie Chouraqui .... producer
Murray Shostak .... delegate producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Robert Alazraki 
Film Editing by
Noëlle Boisson 
Casting by
Ginette D'Amico 
Production Design by
Gérard Daoudal 
Production Management
Catherine Pierrat .... unit manager
François Sylvestre .... unit manager
Daniel Szuster .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jackie Cukier .... first assistant director
Serge Frydman .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Patrick Rousseau .... sound
Special Effects by
Jacques Godbout .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music mixer
Other crew
Marie-Jo Duchemin .... production assistant
Suzanne Durrenberger .... script supervisor

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109 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating)

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Charlotte Gainsbourg's feature film debut.See more »
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Weak...., 27 May 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Paroles et Musique" is an incredibly weak film and my score of 3 is perhaps a bit higher than it deserves--even with Catheerine Deneuve in the lead. There are many reasons not to bother with this film--I'll explain them below. But first, a brief outline of the plot. The film begins with Deneuve's husband leaving her and their two kids. What led up to this is uncertain, but he apparently left the country to 'find himself'--whatever that means. After a few months of being very lonely, she begins a VERY brief affair with an amazingly poor musician (Christopher Lambert). As for Lambert, he and his musical partner seem to be bisexuals (though this is not 100% clear--but very, very, very strongly implied) and both decide in this film to explore relationships with women instead of each other and their musical partnership is tested. In the end, the music is what is important and despite some disappointments in love, they'll always have their music together.

This film is one of the least romantic romances I've ever seen. There's practically no chemistry between the two leads and it defies logic that Lambert's character becomes so whiny and stricken with love for her considering they barely know each other. He can't sing, he can't write his music--all he can do is whine and mope about--now THAT'S a great character! And, considering that she IS married and her kids would like nothing more than to see their parents reunited, you can't exactly root for Lambert--especially since their 'love' seems to be mostly glandular. As for Lambert's partner, he, too, has an affair with a married woman--nice guys, eh?! I don't know about you, but guys sleeping with married ladies is NOT what I call romance! The second major problem is that Lambert and his partner are supposed to be wonderful musicians. While both can sing, their voices are incredibly weak and wimpy (like their characters) and their becoming a success seems silly--even in the dismal world of 1980s pop music! It just isn't believable.

The final problem is the ending. Despite the relationship between Deneuve and Lambert being so incredibly brief and obviously doomed, Lambert behaves like an idiot. You feel like yelling 'be a man, you wet noodle' as he stops working and is about to give up his career. And he would have if Deneuve's character had wanted him! Not exactly a tower of strength and manliness! Overall, this is a musical romance with terrible music and poor romance. Despite my loving French films, this is one that is practically impossible to love and I can easily see why, so far, no one else has bothered reviewing it! Soggy and unappealing.

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