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Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) Reviews

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½ August 23, 2015
Out of date inside out.
October 29, 2013
Momentarily entertaining French musical set in a political pre-war France, that won´t stick in your mind for too long.
February 24, 2013
Une agréable façon de se souvenir de l'année 1936
½ November 28, 2012
a reunion of Gerard Jugnot and Maxence Perrin (Les Choristes) that will make you smile, or maybe cry, once again...
½ October 13, 2012
Sweet and retro, nostalgic, but it could have been so much better. It gets so boring....
½ September 13, 2012
Everyone has their falls from grace and subsequent redemption. Faubourg 36 is beautiful, and the music is perky fun. Simply delightful. Just, I don't understand the rushed and tragic ending.
September 10, 2012
Not much of a musical, but a nice little story.
June 12, 2012
Uniquely unenjoyable, given what it's supposed to be.
March 23, 2012
This movie illustrates perfectly why I don't like French cinema. The ending is horrible, and yet, it's a "happy ending".
February 13, 2012
Great movie! wnet in thinking it was a musical, its not it just has music in it. Really great ensemble group of charactors. up for best song at the academy awards
½ December 24, 2011
Beautifullly filmed foreign language period drama with a wonderful musical score set in 1936 Paris
½ December 13, 2011
Doesn't quite come together
December 5, 2011
This film has great strengths, but also some very lame moments. The music is winning. And then there is this completely ENCHANTING young actress/singer, Nora Arnezeder. What a debut! The cinematography (Tom Stern) and art direction is superb. Amazing tracking and elevator boom shots! Great composition! It's a beautiful film visually.
Oh, but then there's the rather weak script and a few scenes that are painfully bad to watch. Eventually I just switched off the DVD's English subtitles. No reason to follow the dialogue, and trying was distracting me from the visuals.
Now, how to review the film overall then? I'll give it 60%. Addendum re: Nora Arnezeder: In a featurette included in the DVD we learn she was only 17 when she auditioned for this role! Now, barely four years later, (late 2011), a search shows she has five major motion pictures currently in production or post-production. If she chose those projects wisely she will be Europe's biggest superstar in short order. And just for the guys: a little Google Image searching turns up topless pix of this barely-legal Mademoiselle, apparently taken at the Riviera. Perfection!
Super Reviewer
October 29, 2011
French film directed by Christophe Barratier. This film is set in 1930s Paris.When a neighborhood music hall closes down, a trio of unemployed friends vow to bring the business back from the dead by staging a musical they hope will be a hit. If their gamble pays off, they'll have the money to buy the theater for themselves and the power to control their own destinies.Well made film with precise era reconstruction.Great musical numbers in a good french movie.
September 9, 2011
"Faubourg 36" infuses delightful musical numbers into the movie without turning it into a musical. Without question "Loin de Paname" should have won the Oscar for best song over that country song from Crazy Heart. Throw in "Le mome Jojo" with a cute kid playing an accordion and you won't be able to resist this movie's soundtrack. While Gerard Jugnot and Kad Merad successfully bring life to their characters, the highlight of this film is an enchanting performance by Nora Arnezeder. Whenever she exits a scene, you will find yourself holding your breath as you wait for her to again brighten the screen with her electrifying smile. The French setting and idea of bringing this theater to life might make you think "Moulin Rouge" but this movie manages to feel NOTHING like it while still leaving you just as satisfied in the end.
July 7, 2011
it was just great. I loved it
Super Reviewer
July 7, 2011
I was wondering how to write a review for this one... One wants very much to like French filmmaker Christophe Barratier's Paris 36. You can find musical numbers which are very enjoyable and actress Nora Arnezeder is a pleasure to watch. The music of the predominantly accordion scores and the cartoonish Parisian setting is precisely what majority of people could imagine when talking about the city of love and romance... but there's something which seems so ingenuine about the whole thing. The style of the film is uncomfortably detached from much of the subject matter.

The stoey is set against the backdrop of workers fighting for the right to unionize and the rising anti-Semitic sentiments of 1936, and the film had the potential to be a powerful and frightening historical account, but all this is glossed over with nostalgia. No intensity at all in the situations of social horrors of the period and the film sometimes switches from the children performing in the streets to brutal violence with no change in atmosphere. Imagine someone beat to death with a club after "Edelweise" number from Sound of Music - it's just out of place.

It wasn't a bad movie and it is unfortunate that the film suffers from a grievous duality of focus.
July 3, 2011
This movie illustrates perfectly why I don't like French cinema. The ending is horrible, and yet, it's a "happy ending".
½ April 18, 2011
Mejor que Moulin Rouge!
April 13, 2011
Cute movie, nothing further...
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