Xavier Giannoli’s quietly restrained love story brings together Gérard Depardieu, one of the most distinguished actors in French cinema, with one of its most luminous young female talents, Cécile de France.
Quand j’étais chanteur
Director: Xavier Giannoli
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Cécile de France, Mathieu Amalric, Christine Citti
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: France

MInfrequent moderate coarse language

The Singer

★★★★
“Quietly restrained… a beautiful slow dance of emotion.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“Effortlessly good performances… a truthful and touching exploration of an inherently unexpected relationship.”
David Stratton, ABC AT THE MOVIES

Xavier Giannoli’s tender and poignant romance stars the remarkable Gérard Depardieu as a faded, middle-aged dance hall vocalist who falls for an unhappy woman half his age, played by the enchanting gamine beauty Cecile de France (Russian Dolls and Un Secret)

Widely feted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, THE SINGER marks Depardieu’s best performance since Cyrano de Bergera. He portrays fifty-something Alain Moreau, a small-time crooner in Clermont-Ferrand who sings sentimental favourites in a dance hall till 3:30am. A hardened, honest professional, he knows his style seems dated, but only because he’s lasted the course. One night, Alain spots a beautiful young blonde, Marion (de France) and, with quiet persistence and a frank, self-deprecating attitude, manages to capture her imagination. But the fragile Marion has problems of her own and is unwilling to fall too easily for his evidently practised charms…

The expected clichés in this story never surface; indeed, the emotional chemistry and fluidity between all of the characters is but one of the film’s real joys. A love story of generous heart, THE SINGER never hits a false note.

The Singer

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