Iolanda Giliotti, born in Egypt to an Italian immigrant, rose to the top of stardom as a singer under the stage name of Dalida, but lived a roller-coaster personal life, the downs finally outweighing the ups and finally leading to her suicide at age 54. Accumulating hit songs ("Bambino", "Gondolier", "Paroles Paroles " "Avec le temps"), and even recognized as an actress (her dream in the first place) thanks to Youssef Chahine's "The Sixth Day", she was only occasionally happy but remained childless despite her will to become a mother. She loved many men (Lucien Morisse, Jean Sobieski, Luigi Tenco, Bernard Chanfray) but never managed to find the balance she was after. After one or two failed suicide attempts, she finally managed to take her own life, leaving thousands of fans disconsolate. Written by
Joyce Bunuel's bet to go with an Italian lead-actress who didn't look the least bit like Dalida and didn't speak a single word of French, was an awfully risky one! Yet, you can tell that Sabrina Ferilli did her homework and pulled it off brilliantly! 5 minutes is all it took for me to forget that she was dubbed. I immediately realized that she had spent half-a-year studying and rehearsing Dalida's every move and keen expressions! But the one thing she absolutely nailed down was displaying the sadness and agony that this woman endured her lifetime, the minute she stepped off stage.
Another pleasant surprise was that Christophe Lambert finally delivered what seemed to be his finest performance to date. I was led to believe that his supporting role was the most challenging one. Richard Chanfray was the most colorful lover Dalida shared her life with and to that extent, Lambert was accurate in his rendition.
My wife and I were thoroughly entertained and 3 hours went by in a breeze! If you don't know who Dalida was, do yourself a favor and find out why the earth stood still for everyone who did on May 3rd 1987!
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