Monday, April 6, 2009

Faubourg 36 aka Paris 36 (2008)



Christophe Barratier follows up his wonderful film The Chorus with an enchanting story about reviving "The Chansonia", an old-time music hall.

Nora Arnezeder plays Douce, a starry-eyed singer aching to make her debut. Nora is no Marion Cotillard or Ludivine Sagnier, however she is a decent newcomer with a penchant for Woody Allen.

Familiar faces fill the screen: Gérard Jugnot from The Chorus, Clovis Cornillac from La Femme de Gilles and many others, and Kad Merad from Welcome to the Land of the Ch'tis (and of course he was in The Chorus as well).

Overall, it's a charming film that has been mercilessly underrated by the critics. Everyone should give the lovely Paris 36 a chance.

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