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Souvenir (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 21 December 2016 (France)
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A forgotten European Song Contest singer, fading away in a pâté factory, falls in love with a young aspiring boxer. Together they decide to attempt her comeback.


Bavo Defurne
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Liliane Cheverny, dite Laura
Kévin Azaïs ... Jean Leloup
Johan Leysen ... Tony Jones
Muriel Bersy Muriel Bersy ... Wendy
Fanny Blanchard Fanny Blanchard ... La jeune ouvrière
Benjamin Boutboul Benjamin Boutboul ... Kenneth
Anne Brionne Anne Brionne ... Martine Leloup
Thomas Coumans Thomas Coumans ... Zoltan
Christiane Dargenton Christiane Dargenton ... Solange, l'ouvrière fan (as Christine Dargenton)
Joël Delsaut Joël Delsaut ... Le chef
Thorunn Egilsdóttir Thorunn Egilsdóttir ... La présentatrice
Carlo Ferrante Carlo Ferrante ... Rudi Riva
Jan Hammenecker ... Eddy Leloup
Mickey Hardt ... L'ambulancier
Alice D'Hauwe Alice D'Hauwe ... Liliane jeune


Because of the stupid life in a pâté-factory, former singer Laura falls in love with a colleague, a much younger boy and boxer, and after a small performance, a reenactment of her singing character, she tries to reenter the national song contest. Written by imperiumclassicum

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Drama | Music | Romance


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In the beginning, Liliane's monotonous, dull everyday life is shown. As a habit she reads a novel written by Marilyn French in the bus. In a following sequence, Jean and Liliane talk about ABBA. This is might be a reference to the ABBA song "The day before you came" about a woman telling the mundane details of her everyday-life of which reading Marilyn French is a part - until she meets - possibly - the love of her life. See more »


While sharing a bath with her Beaux, Isabelle Huppert's character is seen wearing a bra. Disappointing for him... See more »


Lyrics by Bavo Defurne and Yves Verbraeken
Performed by Isabelle Huppert
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I'd rather have Bulle Ogier
27 August 2018 | by lor_See all my reviews

This is an unabashed vehicle for French star Isabelle Huppert, who gets to sing a lot -though her voice is weak and her stage persona with arms flailing about looks like an audition for the lead in a French touring company of the Broadway hit musical "The Band's Visit". It doesn't matter -her name is all that matters on such a project (even earning a token U.S. release by Strand Releasing).

But Bulle Ogier created the germ of a character way back in 1971, with her classic "La Salamandre", echoed (if not ripped off) in the initial scene establishing Huppert as a lowly assembly-line worker, monotonously adding garnishes to an endless line of pates.

The extremely corny script goes to all the expected places in this tale of a would-be comeback 30 years after for a girl who lost out in the European Song Contest to ABBA. She was a one-hit wonder, and just like in a sports movie (I've seen this ploy a hundred times, just recently even in a new Stormy Daniels horse-riding movie!) has to get back together with the evil manager who ruined her life way back when, just to get a second shot at the Show Biz brass ring.

For me it is especially sad how movies have taken the wrong turn in recent decades, suffering from the foolish notion that "Independent" production magically countervails the horrible trend toward commercial blockbuster domination of production (e.g., the endless Marvel crap). Just as American "indies" tend to be boring and precious, so too is the Euro model, with dozens of co-producers and subsidizers, backing a vanity production like this on an amateur level. And casting Huppert is ultimately ludicrous: as the longest-running superstar from France she is hardly the choice for "comeback" role; check out Gloria Swanson in Wilder's "Sunset Blvd." -perfect matching for a "comeback", as opposed to hiring a then (1950) current superstar to play Norma Desmond.

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Release Date:

21 December 2016 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,267, 4 March 2018

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2.39 : 1
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