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The Singer [DVD] [2006]

Gerard Depardieu , Cécile De France , Xavier Giannoli    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gerard Depardieu, Cécile De France, Mathieu Amalric, Christine Citti, Patrick Pineau
  • Directors: Xavier Giannoli
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z9ED2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,632 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Low-key romantic drama starring Gérard Depardieu as Alain, an ageing cabaret singer who falls for young beauty Marian (Cecile De France). The mature crooner is a regular attraction in his local town of Clermont-Ferrand, but karaoke and dance music are turning him into a dying breed. One night on stage he sees a beautiful unknown blonde in the crowd and sets out to win her over. However, Marian is initially immune to Alain's charms, having been burned by a failed marriage, and the smitten singer has to work hard to win her trust.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Alain, 50, is a singer at a ball in a French provincial town. He also does performances for company social clubs and official openings. Alain may have dyed hair but he knows who he is. He is known all over his local town and thats all that matters. Singing was his whole life when he met Marion. Marion is 27, an auctioneer, and new to the area. She has a four-year-old child that she had when too young with a man whom she no longer loves. She was lost when Alain found her. Eager to spend time with her, Alain makes her believe that he is looking for a house. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, ...The Singer ( Quand j'étais chanteur )

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT 2 Jan 2008
Saw this movie first at the cinema and then on DVD here in Australia (DVD rental Bigpond) and loved it, absolutely loved it, as did my husband. It doesnt matter if you arent a GD fan at all, as the themes, settings, acting and music in this movie make it an absolute delight. But he is superb in this, you are totally convinced of his part in the role. Gerard is an absolute delight.

It is one of those movies you can pull out every so often and enjoy once again and again. It wont matter how many times you had already seen it.

That's why I want my own copy. Have already got the music CD. My only disappointment is that I have to wait until the end of February for my own copy of the DVD.

Enjoy this one time and time again. Its fun, uplifting and pure joy.

Margot M
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great role for the great Depardieu 26 Mar 2008
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The French title, translated as When I Was a Singer, would have been a better title for the Anglo-Saxon world also; the film is about a dance-hall crooner, Alain Moreau, well past his prime who, in a futuristic closing sequence, looks back over his career with the song Quand J'Etais Chanteur. The star is, of course, the amazing Gerard Depardieu, who has now appeared in over 170 films in a 40-year career. Although I have seen only a few of them I have never seen him more charismatic than here. He sings the songs himself, proving that he could have had a passable, though not as profitable, career in that field.

Alain's manager is his ex-wife, but the central drama is between him and Marion (Cecile de France), a single mother half his age who works as an estate agent. Following an initial passion they develop a mainly platonic relationship, though it becomes clear that Alain retains a romantic longing for her. Why Marion was initially so attracted to him, especially as she was unaware of his local fame (in the Clermont-Ferrand area), is never really explained. When, following a throat infection from which he recovers, Alain flees from performing in a huge stadium with the real-life pop star Christophe, it is clear that his career is well on the wane.

After seeing the film, the emotion which immediately came to mind was that of melancholy. It is very enjoyable, the songs are foot-tappingly good (though they wouldn't appeal to present-day clubbers), and their lyrics invariably suit what the characters are thinking and feeling. The young director, Xavier Giannoli, never betrays his inexperience in a big-budget exercise. But the film belongs to the great Depardieu, whose career has certainly not declined like that of the character he plays here.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When I was the singer 8 April 2008
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which is a translation of the original, and better, French title.

D'accord! J'ai cru ca .... Sorry, I'll start again.

The story is simple: a somewhat cheesy, albeit moderately talented, aging singer who plays dance halls, and anywhere else he can get a gig and largely to an older audience, becomes obsessed with a younger woman with whom he has sex shortly after they first meet but, embarrassed, she leaves. The rest of the film depicts her gradual involvement in his life.

Because Depardieu is such a physical presence on-screen, it's easy to forget just what a good actor he is. Here, as Alain Moreau, he gives a fine and nuanced performance making the character vividly real in all its painful warts and all humanity. Cecile de France plays the object of his desire, a short-haired slim blonde, in a controlled performance of a woman not as in control of her own life as she would like.

The songs, as cheesy as the singer, were unfamiliar to me and, like the dialogue, all in French (but with excellent subtitles), nevertheless they convey a commentary of sorts on the life of Alain Moreau as he sings them.

Overall this is a movie in a minor key, but the key is played very well and this is a minor but definite pleasure.

It also highlights a difference between British and French culture. All the characters smoke. A lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How Depardieu Sings 23 May 2008
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The Singer is neither a powerful, stereotype-shattering drama nor a too-sweet romantic comedy, but it tries to find its place somewhere in the middle between these two types of films. And it does it with style, mostly thanks to great acting from Gerard Depardieu and the always beautiful Cecile De France.

Depardieu plays Alain Moreau, the has-been singer of the title, who falls for a lovely young woman, Marion (De France). She is not really interested in starting a new relationship, so she won't be an easy catch for the "Ladies Man" Moreau (the scene of the two meeting in a dance club for the first is a true gem, one of the best moments here: please note Marion's vain attempts to avoid the eye contact with Alain, and the sparks in the man's eyes when he accepts the girl's behaviour as a challenge). The singer proves he can be quite persistent, though, so he seeks Marion out and then tries to find a way to spend more time with her. Things get more complicated when Alain's friend and Marion's boss, Bruno (Mathieu Amalric), decides to court the girl, too.

It's good to see a bleaker and less artificial romantic movie for a change - with all the loose ends and inexplicable changes of the characters' minds, you actually feel this story could have happened for real. It's not exactly genre re-defining and you shouldn't expect too many surprises from the plot, but it's at least very handsome and convincing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the Singer 2006
This was excellent. quick and in a v.good condition. Could not expect more.. Lovely I cannot say much more than that. I adore Gerards films.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. J. D. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Excellent film - thoroughly entertaining and runs along at a nice pace with typically well-observed human frailties and enjoyable relationship moments only French cinema can do... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Philip Lardner
5.0 out of 5 stars parfait
If Hollywood blockbusters are your staple diet cinematically speaking, then you may well not appreciate this film. Read more
Published 17 months ago by andy
1.0 out of 5 stars Boy meets Girl?
Basically, boy meets girl,girl not interested, boy sulks,chases after girl,his father should have told him this is a receipe for disaster,girl has minor liaison with boys best... Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2010 by Monk
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Film
I have just finished watching this film - and I still sense a certain detachment which only the very best films make me feel. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2010 by J. R. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the singer, not the song
We recently saw this film on tv and enjoyed it as we love Gerard. Have not had time to view this dvd but we can now watch it again when we wish.
Published on 5 May 2010 by Mrs. Carole F. Weinstein
4.0 out of 5 stars True Love
This is more than just a brilliant return to form for Gerard Depardieu, which is surely is but is also a beautiful and truthful look at relationships and love. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2009 by Mr. T. Brandon
3.0 out of 5 stars My Friend Quite Liked It....
This film gets 3 stars because of... compromise.

It didn't do much for me but my friend quite liked it; at the end she said thoughtfully "relationships are complex"... Read more
Published on 10 May 2009 by b4-its-2-l8
4.0 out of 5 stars It sings
Great film with good performances especially Depardieu - not the singing. This is a subtle film and all the more powerful for it.
Published on 3 Dec 2008 by D Deacon
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Bewitching
When ageing singer Alain Moreau (Gerard Depardieu) meets the young and beautiful Marion (Cecile De France) the oft-told story of an old man falling for a young woman is retold. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2008 by S. Clark
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