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The Singer (Quand j'étais chanteur) (2006)

Quand j'étais chanteur (original title)
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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Bruno
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Michèle
Patrick Pineau ...
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Jean-Pierre Gos ...
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Antoine de Prekel ...
Martin
Monique Gailleurd ...
Organisateur Soirée
Alain Kruger ...
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Patrick Bordier ...
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Jean-Paul Combes ...
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Serge Godenaire ...
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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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Sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected places (DVD Australia)

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Biggest surprise of Cannes
28 May 2006 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

In a rather disappointing fortnight, „Quand J'étais Chanteur" was the nicest discovery at the Cannes film festival: a simple story, beautifully told and acted. A middle-aged, overweight and worn-out ballroom singer (Gérard Depardieu, in his best role since "Cyrano de Bergerac" in 1990) falls in love with a tormented woman half his age. And although both know that more than a brief affair is almost impossible, there's is a chemistry between them that has become rare in movies. The unknown director Xavier Giannoli displays a phenomenal sense for atmosphere and is clever enough not to spell everything out. You might actually feel that you can breathe more freely during this movie - and certainly afterwards. Merveilleux!


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