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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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Xavier Giannoli

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Xavier Giannoli
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Alain Moreau
Cécile de France ... Marion
Mathieu Amalric ... Bruno
Christine Citti ... Michèle
Patrick Pineau Patrick Pineau ... Daniel
Christophe Christophe ... Christophe
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Philippe Chevalier
Antoine de Prekel Antoine de Prekel ... Martin
Monique Gailleurd Monique Gailleurd ... Organisateur Soirée
Alain Kruger Alain Kruger ... Médecin
Patrick Bordier Patrick Bordier ... Responsable Palais
Jean-Paul Combes Jean-Paul Combes ... Patron Aquarius
Serge Godenaire Serge Godenaire ... Maitre d'hôtel
Marie Kremer ... Laurence
Catherine Salviat ... Mme Laville
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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 J-26

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Europa Corp. [France]

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Release Date:

13 September 2006 (France) See more »

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Auvergne, France See more »

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surprisingly enjoyable
8 October 2007 | by gsygsySee all my reviews

After seeing the trailer I didn't expect to enjoy this movie. Lesson: don't judge a movie by its trailer.

Although it is a fairly corny affair, the setting is an unusual one, the performances and production values are high, and the script unexpectedly funny.

However, without a star of considerable magnitude the entire soufflé would fall flat. Fortunately the great Depardieu is on hand, his giant presence matched by his lightness of touch. It's curious how the old American lions - de Niro, Pacino and the others - don't seem to be able to both play their image while sending it up at the same time: they only manage one thing or the other. In this modest movie, Depardieu is both himself and something of a parody of himself. The result is two-for-the-price-of-one enjoyment.

The songs he sings - very well - are all genuine French pop songs which themselves border on self-parody, in the way that so many country-and western songs do - a seam of humour richly mined by Altman in Nashville. There's nothing so subtle here: Quand J'Etais Chanteur is so loosely woven that close scrutiny would unravel it. But for all that, it's surprisingly enjoyable.


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