... Darrieux IS divine. Just as well given that she has to carry this movie which has a strong air of 'let's put on a show, kids' about it plus the odd Referential scene or two notably the Finale staged on the steps of Sacre Coeur with the principal, Darrieux, walking down towards camera followed by a crowd. I don't know about you but I remember an identical scene, albeit in Marseilles, when Yves Montand did something very, very similar in Trois Places pour le 26 (Three Seats For The 26th). Having said that we do get a gorgeous one-take tracking shot of Darrieux walking towards camera down the steps (a light snow starting to fall) alongside the funicular and almost into the lovely Atelier Theatre, which is as real as Sacre Coeur - I speak as one who has attended a couple of performances there. There's not a lot of skinny available on this - Films de France don't even acknowledge it - but it's worth seeing for Darrieux who was 58 when she made it and gets away with 45. There's nothing really standout music-wise but there are a couple of half decent tunes and lots of exuberance from a cast of what look like teenagers.
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