I had barely heard of Claude Francois before seeing this film, but for anyone who's a fan I'm sure it would be very enjoyable viewing. He did cover versions in French of quite a lot of English-language soul and pop hits of the 1960s and 70s, many of which feature in the film and show him as a dynamic and engaging singer. He is on the soundtrack but you see Jeremie Renier on stage, or in the studio, and he gives quite a superb performance as always, complete with 70s hair, a hint of blue eye-shadow (added progressively as the hair got longer and bigger), and some natty tight-fitting suits - it's all quite camp, without intending to be. His resemblance to Francois is very striking, so much so that he really had to play this role, and his performance manages to make you see the character's flaws - quite a lot of infidelity, lying, and controlling behaviour towards everyone around him - while maintaining a basic sense of sympathy with him. It isn't a very deep film, going for the usual soap-opera approach to his private life, with fairly little sense of him as a private individual, or of his musical inspiration. It also seems to cover his life at great speed, jumping through the years with gay abandon. We see him composing My Way in a slightly ludicrous poolside scene - I suppose it could have happened like this, but something is missing from the musician, as opposed to the showman, while the figure scarred by his father's rejection is a bit two-dimensional. Nevertheless there's probably a lot to be said for such a full-on entertaining approach to such a showbiz personality, and Renier brings real charisma and vulnerability to his portrayal; you imagine the musical scenes must have been as much fun to film as to watch.