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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 »


Xavier Giannoli


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
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


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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Drama | Music | Romance


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Weird and Messy Romance
6 September 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The middle-age tacky singer of romantic songs Alain Moreau (Gérard Depardieu) is singing with his orchestra in the Royat Casino. When he meets the younger real-state agent Marion (Cécile De France) in the show with his friend Bruno (Mathieu Amalric), they have one night stand and Marion leaves the room without saying goodbye to him. Alain has a crush on Marion and seeks her out in her office telling that he wants to buy a house. Alain finds that she has a son and the distant Marion gets closer to Alain but the unrequited love drags him down.

"Quand j'Étais Chanteur" is a weird and messy romance. Gérard Depardieu and his character Alain Moreau are totally out of the league of the gorgeous Cécile De France and they do not have any chemistry along the whole story. The tacky songs of the movie are recommended for very specific audiences where I do not include myself; therefore, it is hard and boring to see Gérard Depardieu singing those songs. The footage of Stromboli (1950) is totally out of the context and last but not the least, the resemblance of Cécile De France with Patricia Arquette is amazing. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Quando Estou Amando" ("When I am in Love")

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Release Date:

13 September 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El cantante See more »

Filming Locations:

Auvergne, France See more »


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