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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
Christine d'Argenton Christine d'Argenton ... 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,411, 3 May 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 Dissapointing for him... See more »

Soundtracks

Souvenir
Lyrics by Bavo Defurne and Yves Verbraeken
Performed by Isabelle Huppert
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I'm a Pink Martini fan...so it's a natural I'd see this film.
28 October 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Liliane (Isabelle Huppert) has a very dull life. She works at the pate factory, eats meals by herself and watches television quiz shows. It's been like this for many years and what her co-workers don't know is that she used to be 'Laura'...France's Eurovision* music contest winner. Unfortunately, she was in the contest the same year as ABBA and so much for that! But a new co-worker, young Jean recognizes her as his father is a HUGE Laura fan. So he works on her to try to get her to agree to a benefit concert...which isn't easy because she's determined not to return to her old life. What's next? See this nice little romance and find out for yourself.

While Huppert is no great singer, she does a nice job with the songs written by Pink Martini--an amazing American group that sings in dozens of different languages and styles. They are the reason I was eager to see the film and while she's not even close to the quality of the lead, China Forbes, she is believable. A cute May-December romance that manages to have many of the usual clichés for the genre...but also manages to be just a bit better. Well worth seeing--especially with a loved one.

By the way, if you like this film you may also like "Iris Blonde", an Italian film about a man who was a Eurovision performer in his past as well.

*By the way, you don't hear them call the contest 'Eurovision' and I can only assume it has something to do with trademarks or the like. You also cannot use 'Olympic' for similar reasons.


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