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The Singer (Quand j'étais chanteur) (2006)
"Quand j'étais chanteur" (original title)

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Alain Moreau sings for one of the few remaining dance-bands in Clermont-Ferrand. Though something of an idol amongst his female audience he has a melancholic awareness of the slow ... See full summary »

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Alain Moreau
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Bruno
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Michèle
Patrick Pineau ...
Daniel
Jean-Pierre Gos ...
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Antoine de Prekel ...
Martin
Monique Gailleurd ...
Organisateur Soirée
Alain Kruger ...
Médecin
Patrick Bordier ...
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Jean-Paul Combes ...
Patron Aquarius
Serge Godenaire ...
Maitre d'hôtel
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Laurence
Catherine Salviat ...
Mme Laville
Cécile Auclert ...
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Alain Moreau sings for one of the few remaining dance-bands in Clermont-Ferrand. Though something of an idol amongst his female audience he has a melancholic awareness of the slow disappearance of that audience and of his advancing years. He is completely knocked off balance when he meets strikingly attractive and much younger businesswoman Marion. She seems distant and apparently otherwise involved but soon shows quiet signs of reciprocating his interest. A brief dalliance turns into something much more complicated and he starts to employ - indeed monopolise - her services as an estate agent by announcing he suddenly must move house. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Well rendered but rather confusing French romance
10 March 2010 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

I suspect there must be a genre term in French cinema for films in which Depardieu gets the girl by virtue of his charisma. I think he fits his conceit rather well in this kitchen-sink sized romance, an ageing but professional dance hall singer-compère. Cécile De France also fits into this as Marion, the woman who he seduces then spends the rest of the film chasing - initially it all seems a bit odd until we discover that Marion is more damaged than outward appearance might suggest.

The problem for me is that I come from the north side of the channel and simply can't process the fluid morality at the heart of the film - the ease with which people slip in and out of each others' beds but remain within the same social orbit. There's nothing in the film to explain or dramatise this situation either. I found myself getting rather waylaid as to the point of it all.

Director Xavier Giannoli treats the potentially toe-curling parochial dance-hall sequences with loving reverence - one can see how Alain would be happy to do these inauspicious gigs for the rest of his life. Shame about the baffling drama though. 4/10


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