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Souvenirs souvenirs (1984)

A former singer ,who was drafted and fought in the Algeria war, is demobilized and wants to make a come back,which is not easy when you've been gone for twenty-seven months ;meanwhile ,his ... See full summary »


Ariel Zeitoun


Daniel Saint-Hamont (scenario and dialogue), Ariel Zeitoun (scenario and dialogue) (as Ariel Zeïtoun)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christophe Malavoy ... Rego Boccara / John B. Cutton
Gabrielle Lazure ... Hélène
Pierre-Loup Rajot Pierre-Loup Rajot ... Antoine Boccara
Philippe Noiret ... Le proviseur
Annie Girardot ... Emma Boccara
Marlène Jobert ... Nadia
Claude Brasseur ... Firmani
Jean Benguigui ... Samuel
Paul Blain Paul Blain ... Etienne
Philippe Geoffray Philippe Geoffray ... Claude
Najim Laouriga Najim Laouriga ... Ali
Pascal Heni Pascal Heni ... Gino
Sophie Carle Sophie Carle ... Muriel
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Jean-Michel
Philippe Laudenbach ... Fressynet


A former singer ,who was drafted and fought in the Algeria war, is demobilized and wants to make a come back,which is not easy when you've been gone for twenty-seven months ;meanwhile ,his kid brother falls in love with his music teacher and is involved in very bad things .Arrested, he is released thanks to the teacher's evidence who provides him with an alibi before leaving him for good. Written by dbdumonteil

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance







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19 September 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Emlékek, emlékek See more »

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Swinging (not much) in the sixties .....
5 April 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Hailed in the eighties as the French equivalent of "American graffiti" , Ariel Zeitoun does not compare favorably with the American classic ; as far as the soundtrack is concerned ,only the tracks taken from the records sound "early sixties": Hallyday's "Souvenirs ,Souvenirs" and "Tes Tendres Années " ,,Sylvie Vartan's "Tous Mes Copains " and even Sheila 's "Papa T'Es Plus Dans L'coup" -the latter being an anachronism ,being heard for Xmas party 62,whereas it was released in early 63.Plus a nice "Apache" cover.That's all.Christophe Malavoy's band, on the other hand , sounds like a poor man's Dire Straits in the final sequences .

The screenplay tells the story of two brothers ;the most interesting ,that of the eldest ,who comes back from Algerian war ,is botched ;who could believe Marlene Jobert is an ambitious manager ? The same goes for Claude Brasseur. When a singer began his career before being drafted ,it was very hard for him to make his come back : Johnny Halliday and Eddy Mitchell are notable exceptions ;but the interminable military service (at the time ) took its toll and ruined many careers and true French rock died on the vine ;Ariel Zeitoun shows it ,through Sylvie Vartan's song,but he does it cowardly...

As for the story of the kid brother ,it's even worse ;only Philippe Noiret shines in his part of principal;music ,like it or not,occupies a tiny place in French curriculum ,but Gabrielle Lazure seems the only teacher (along with a caricature of French teacher) in the whole school ;her love affair with her pupil is given a mushy treatment ,and looks like a lite "Mourir D'Aimer "..

A memory to forget....

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