The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur) (2006)
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Critic Reviews for The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur)
An admirably tough, ambivalent and honest look at the fraught relationship between real feelings and the culturally acceptable (or otherwise) public expression of similar emotions as manipulative entertainment. Excellent.
A gentle lament for the relics of an era, an affectionate epitaph for a dying breed of crooners perishing in the cheap mockery of neon discothèques and cubicle apartments.
The prodigally productive Depardieu turns in a perfectly inflected performance, full of grace and skill and with none of the curdled cynicism a lesser actor would have brought to the role.
Gentle humour and earthy emotion give this film a wonderfully relaxed tone that astutely captures our imagination.
Giannoli's film is as bitter as it is sweet and paints the scene with masterly precision, even if the usual comforting ending is at odds with what has gone before.
Audience Reviews for The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur)
Excellent songs, with suitably corny lyrics; relics of an era gone by. Depardieu plays a washed-out singer on the decline, hanging on to the shreds of his past glory. A chance encounter with a single-mom agent spurs temporary resurgence of confidence, but what lies in store, for one who's given his life to crooning sappy love songs?
"Sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected places" Alain Moreau sings for one of the few remaining dance-bands in Clermont-Ferrand. Though something of an idol amongst his female audience he has a melancholic awareness of the slow disappearance of that audience and of his advancing years. He is completely knocked off balance when he meets strikingly attractive and much younger businesswoman Marion.
Nice movie about a much older man with a past who falls for young woman who doesn't fall for his charms. Both are sad characters who come to help each other in a strange sort of way.
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