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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.

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Bavo Defurne
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Cast

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 Jan Hammenecker ... Eddy Leloup
Mickey Hardt ... L'ambulancier
Alice D'Hauwe Alice D'Hauwe ... Liliane jeune
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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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Country:

Belgium | Luxembourg | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 December 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Volver a empezar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,267, 4 March 2018

Gross USA:

$11,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$359,798
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2.39 : 1
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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 »

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

Soundtracks

Joli garçon
Lyrics by Bavo Defurne and Yves Verbraeken
Performed by Isabelle Huppert
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Isabelle sings ...
9 October 2016 | by PoppyTransfusionSee all my reviews

And that is what matters.

This is an unapologetic 'feel good' film, which could fall into being saccharine but for Isabelle Huppert's fine performance as actress and chanteuse. The film wishes to recall the musicals from Hollywood's classic era in a decidedly modern way. e.g. with mobile telephones.

The premise is that Liliane (Huppert) was once a rising singer, whose stage name was Laura, until her marriage to her manager fell apart. Afterwards she withdrew into such obscurity that no one would guess a pate packer was once a rising star who represented France in the Eurovision song contest.

Enter a young man, Jean, who is considerably younger than Lilian but who remembers Laura because his dad was a devotee and Jean knows all her songs. When he confronts Liliane she denies being Laura initially but eventually she admits her former existence. After a one-off performance for Jean's boxing club, Liliane - and Jean - find it hard to return Laura to obscurity and so begins a tale of desire, unlikely love and lost ambition.

The story all makes sense when viewed through the eyes of a 1930's audience whose desire for wish fulfilment would be unconcerned with plausibility. To enjoy the film it helps to place realism to one side and follow fantasy and yearning especially when it beckons in the form of Huppert singing love songs with specific hand/arm choreography and costumed in resplendent dresses.

Isabelle Huppert did her own singing to music from Pink Martini and lyrics co-written by the director and producer. Her moments on screen singing are some of the best. Is there nothing this woman cannot do? The best way to enjoy this film is when you need a tonic, a pick me up because life is being punchy. It is, as the director said, a "Sunday afternoon" film.


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