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Same Old Song (1997)

On connaît la chanson (original title)
A musical story about how people find their love on the streets of beautiful Paris.


Alain Resnais
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Arditi ... Claude
Sabine Azéma ... Odile Lalande
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Nicolas
André Dussollier ... Simon
Agnès Jaoui ... Camille Lalande
Lambert Wilson ... Marc Duveyrier
Jane Birkin ... Jane
Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Father
Nelly Borgeaud ... Doctor #3
Götz Burger ... Von Choltitz
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Young Man with Cheque
Charlotte Kady Charlotte Kady ... Restaurant Customer
Jacques Mauclair Jacques Mauclair ... Doctor #1
Pierre Meyrand ... Cafe Owner
Claire Nadeau Claire Nadeau ... Female Guest


Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille just completed her doctoral thesis has fallen in love with an estate agent who is responsible for Odile's apartment and who has an elder employee. Written by Marco Radke <radke@krypta.aball.de>

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The film is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Potter, and is in the style of Potter's lip-sync musicals like Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Singing Detective (1986) and Lipstick on Your Collar (1993). See more »


Referenced in L'atelier d'Alain Resnais (1997) See more »


Je suis Venu te Dire que je m'en Vais
Music by Serge Gainsbourg
Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Serge Gainsbourg
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Certainly French
4 January 1999 | by HackiSee all my reviews

"On connait la chanson" is a great French movie. Not often the culture and lifestyle of a country is shown so happily, modern and still entertainingly in a film. The plot is not "straight", it's rather a patchwork of single stories, that are connected with each other. The French chanson, the title says it, plays a central role. It is this kind of music, though sometimes pretty close to kitsch, that is so typical for France. Instead of expressing their feelings only in words, the protagonists sing lines from well-known chansons, all the way from Maurice Chevalier to Serge Gainsbourgh.

Fortunately, there is no dubbed version of this film, the subtitles do very well. So if you want to know something about France and especially Paris today, go and watch it. Also people who normally don't like foreign films will have a lot of fun with it.

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Release Date:

12 November 1997 (France) See more »

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Box Office


EUR7,900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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