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Une Chambre en Ville (1982)

Une chambre en ville (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 27 October 1982 (France)
A film musical in which every line is sung. The frame is about workers during a strike. They also prepare and perform a demonstration. Two personal relations develop against this background... See full summary »


Jacques Demy


Jacques Demy
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Sanda ... Edith Leroyer
Danielle Darrieux ... Margot Langlois
Richard Berry ... François Guilbaud
Michel Piccoli ... Edmond Leroyer
Fabienne Guyon Fabienne Guyon ... Violette Pelletier
Anna Gaylor Anna Gaylor ... Madame Pelletier
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Dambiel
Jean-Louis Rolland Jean-Louis Rolland ... Ménager
Marie-France Roussel Marie-France Roussel ... Mme Sforza
Georges Blaness Georges Blaness ... Chef des CRS
Yann Dedet Yann Dedet ... Ouvrier
Nicolas Hossein Nicolas Hossein ... Ouvrier
Gil Warga Gil Warga ... Ouvrier
Antoine Mikola Antoine Mikola ... Ouvrier
Marie-Pierre Feuillard Marie-Pierre Feuillard ... Femme à l'enfant


A film musical in which every line is sung. The frame is about workers during a strike. They also prepare and perform a demonstration. Two personal relations develop against this background. François abandons his pregnant girlfriend Violette. She feels treated even more unjust when he tries to defend and excuse his behaviour. He had met a very beautiful over-class girl, Edith, and both were immediately overwhelmed by genuine and reciprocal passion. Edith lived in a very unsatisfactory marriage. She was the daughter of the widow from which François rented his room. Nevertheless, he met her in the street, where she just opened her fur coat and was starch naked under it. They will be together in great passion for just one night and day. At the demonstration François is shot by the police and dies in Edith's arms. - The music is closer to opera than in any other film musical by Jacques Demy. But the greatest difference is that he has devoted much more effort to the task of instructing the... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Voted best film of 1982 by the Cahiers du Cinema magazine. See more »


Around 01:11:53, Edith is holding a fire gun. Around 01:11:57, Edith is holding her bag and puts a tissue around her hand. However, she hasn't received a razor cut. See more »


Edith Leroyer: [singing] Keep your rotten money. I don't want it. I'll get money some other way. Now let me go, you dirty bastard!
Edmond Leroyer: Please calm down, darling.
Edith Leroyer: Torturer! SS!
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Une Chambre En Ville (Générique)
Written and Performed by Michel Colombier Et Son Orchestre
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A workers' strike, verismo opera, and Dominique Sanda
15 February 2019 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The French film Une chambre en ville (1982) was shown in the U.S. with the translated title A Room in Town. It was written and directed by Jacques Demy.

This is an unusual movie because all the dialog is sung, which is like opera. It's about a labor strike, police violence, and sex--definitely verismo.

Dominique Sanda stars as Edith Leroyer, the newly-married daughter of Margot Langlois, played by Demy stalwart Danielle Darrieux. Edith's husband, Edmond, is portrayed by the great French actor Michel Piccoli. Richard Berry stars as François Guilbaud, a metalworker and staunch union member. He falls in love with Edith, and she with him. (It's actually love at first sight. And what a sight it is.)

Fabienne Guyon plays Violette Pelletier, who is also in love with François. She's young and attractive, but no match for Edith. (Think Michaëla vs. Carmen.)

I enjoyed this film because it was complex and multifaceted. Once you get into the fact that there's no speaking, only singing, you can sit back and enjoy it.

Sanda, Darrieux, and Piccoli are all actors with whom I'm familiar. Berry appeared in over 100 movies, none of which I'd seen. All four are superb actors, and they carry the movie forward.

In my opinion, all of Demy's films would work better on the large screen. However, the DVD version worked well enough. Une chambre en ville has an anemic 7.0 IMDb rating. I think it's better than that. It's not for everyone, but there are definitely people who would enjoy it.

P.S. If you'd like to know what Dominique Sanda's body looked like in 1982, this is the movie for you.

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Release Date:

27 October 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Room in Town See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Dolby Digital (restored version)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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