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A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from childhood in Egypt through success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jérémie Renier ... Claude François
Benoît Magimel ... Paul Lederman
Monica Scattini Monica Scattini ... Chouffa François
Sabrina Seyvecou ... Josette François
Ana Girardot ... Isabelle Forêt
Joséphine Japy Joséphine Japy ... France Gall
Maud Jurez Maud Jurez ... Janet Woollacot
Marc Barbé Marc Barbé ... Aimé François
Eric Savin ... Jean-Jacques Tilche
Sophie Meister ... Kathalyn Jones
Janicke Askevold ... Sofia
Édouard Giard Édouard Giard ... Ticky Holgado
Jérémy Charbonnel Jérémy Charbonnel ... Christian Morise
Robert Knepper ... Frank Sinatra
Alison Wheeler Alison Wheeler ... Sylvie Mathurin
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A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from childhood in Egypt through success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Official site [Japan]

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France | Belgium

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French | Italian | English | Arabic

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14 March 2012 (France) See more »

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My Way See more »

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Budget:

€20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€4,400,772 (France), 18 March 2012, Wide Release
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Jérémie Renier trained for months to learn how to dance and sing like François. See more »

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Claude François: [from trailer] My name is Claude Francois. One day I'll cut a record.
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I'm your boogie man
Written by Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
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A classic, but well-made and formidably acted biopic
25 July 2012 | by Happy_Evil_DudeSee all my reviews

I basically knew nothing about French pop superstar Claude François before seeing this film, apart what he looked like, a couple of his songs and how he died.

A talented filmmaker, Florent-Emilio Siri has surrounded himself with a stellar cast and captures dazzling visuals to deliver what ends up being a rather classic, well-made musical biopic that (re)introduces the singing sensation to the 21st century.

On the down side, the film sometimes plays like a highlight reel of sorts, seemingly jumping from one flagship scene to the next without taking the time to explain the significance of events unfolding to the unfamiliar viewer, while at the same time jumping over portions of François' life that look like they might have quite some importance.

However on the positive, apart from the aforementioned excellence of the actors and the incredible shots scattered throughout the picture, Cloclo also gives an insight into an aspect of the musical industry that is rarely seen on film, which is the "industrial" production of songs, creation as seen through a committee rather than a single artist. Quite fascinating.


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