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A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Jugnot ... Pigoil
Clovis Cornillac ... Milou
Kad Merad ... Jacky
Nora Arnezeder ... Douce
Pierre Richard ... Monsieur TSF
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Galapiat
Maxence Perrin ... Jojo
François Morel ... Célestin
Élisabeth Vitali Élisabeth Vitali ... Viviane
Christophe Kourotchkine Christophe Kourotchkine ... Lebeaupin
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... Grevoul
Eric Prat Eric Prat ... Commissaire Tortil
Julien Courbey Julien Courbey ... Mondain
Philippe du Janerand ... Triquet
Marc Citti Marc Citti ... L'inspecteur du Quai des Orfèvres
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Storyline

A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he discovers his wife is unfaithful and Galapiat, the local mobster, closes the music hall. Over the next few months, Pigoil loses custody of his beloved son, Jo-Jo, and must find work. Pigoil and his pals take over the Chansonia as a co-op; Galapiat is momentarily benign. Their star is the young Douce, a girl from near Lille for whom Galapiat lusts. She in turn falls in love with Milou, a local Red. There are ups and downs, but mostly ups - but what about Jo-Jo and what about the murder? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A grand tale of early theatre life.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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Language:

French

Release Date:

24 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Paris 36 See more »

Filming Locations:

Surtainville, Manche, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,690, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$850,575, 21 June 2009
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Sound Mix:

DTS 70 mm (70 mm print)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The old man, Monsieur TSF, who stays in his apartment is named after the original French name for radio: "Telediffusion Sans Fil", which means "Wireless Broadcasting" in French, abbreviated "TSF". See more »

Goofs

When Jacky accidentally turns on the radio while Pigoil is talking to his wife and her new lover, the radio is very loud immediately after Jacky flips the switch. On this type of old tube amplified radio, it would take several seconds for the tubes to heat up and amplify any signal, and the volume would go up very slowly. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Un recommencement
Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Lyrics by Frank Thomas
Performed by Nora Arnezeder
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11 October 2009 | by krzysiektomSee all my reviews

A very nice cinematic experience. Everything was top notch - direction, script, acting, singing, scenography and costumes. The film leaves a warm feeling despite presenting many dark sides of life in Fauborg (outskirt of Paris) in the 1930s, like fascism, workers' strikes, unemployment, marital betrayal, loneliness. The director incredibly managed to mix pathos and sentimentality with sarcasm and sardonic humor in the same scenes, which prevented the film from being corny. Includes probably the best written funeral scene ever in my opinion. The songs are not remarkable, with one exception - a song about love where the main female character is virtually declaring love to a man from the stage. The female is a revelation, talented and beautiful young actress with good singing voice. I will gladly watch the film again.


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