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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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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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.


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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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Faubourg is not French for "the district." It is a contraction of "faux bourg", French for "false town" and were used to designate smaller towns attached to larger towns or cities. A lot of these faubourgs were independent cities until they were attached to Paris and lost all independence around during the 17th and 18th century. A new outer wall was later erected around the city. These faubourgs, especially those on the East side, were usually blue collar, with a very active night life. See more »

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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 »

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Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Lyrics by Frank Thomas
Performed by Nora Arnezeder
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Nice film with beautiful new actress
29 September 2008 | by GregphilipSee all my reviews

Nora Arnezeder reminds me of movie stars of the thirties : beautiful, charming, she can sing, dance, act... Star quality ! As for the film itself, the story is rather simple, which I come to realize, is often what makes it good. It's not so much what the story is about but rather how you tell it. And in that case, you get to laugh, cry, you care about that Pigoil who looses his job, his wife and even his son and who doesn't loose hope, about Milou and Douce's love story. You'll love the great new songs, the homage to Busby Berkeley, Jacky's lousy jokes (a reprise of Kad's own TV skit) and secondary characters played by first-rate comedians like François Morel and the great Pierre Richard. What's not to like ?


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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

Gross USA:

$851,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,940,622
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DTS 70 mm (70 mm print)| Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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