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Quand j'étais chanteur (2006)

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

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 Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected places (DVD Australia)

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Official Sites:

Europa Corp. [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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So French, So Good!
22 January 2011 | by Tim JohnsonSee all my reviews

We watched this lovely film on TV last night and both of us enjoyed it tremendously. I judge films by how memorable they are; even good films that are appreciated at the time disappear in my, admittedly, porous memory but this film for some reason cemented itself in my memory immediately. I admit that I enjoy films about male/female relations or the lack thereof if that is the case; the French are the planet's masters of this examination of the human condition and they do it very well. The Singer is an examination of that most sensitive of times in relationships: the period of discovery, before people understand what is happening to them, whether there is enough glue to hold this tentative relationship together. I thought that the director knew exactly what he wanted his actors to do and their professionalism allowed them to play these most sensitive of roles so well.

As you can imagine there are no huge points of realization or transcendence in this beautifully played out examination: nothing that we have been led to expect from Hollywood, just quiet, introspective searching and waiting to see if the puzzle pieces fall into place as the singer hopes they will. As you can see, the movie is an examination of these two people very tentatively feeling each other out to see if they have a future. The viewer's joy is watching this endearing and gentle examination. I found the movie a tremendous viewing experience but very tentative, very gentle and very knowing.


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