Faubourg 36 (Paris 36)
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A star is born in a time of both celebration and instability in this historical drama with music from director Christophe Barratier. In the spring of 1936, Paris is in a state of uncertainty; while the rise of the Third Reich in Germany worries many, a leftist union-oriented candidate, Léon Blum, has been voted into power, and organized labor is feeling its new power by standing up to management. While such matters might normally seem unimportant to Germain Pigoil (Gérard Jugnot), who runs a small vaudeville house in the Faubourg district, the chaos of the city seems to be impacting his life… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you're a Francophile, it may be worth a look. But it's no Moulin Rouge."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"An utterly charming and sentimental French melodrama with music, a nostalgic look backstage and back in history."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Barratier (Les Choristes) seems to be making a bid to be France's new master of sweet nostalgia with a musical bent."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out Chicago
"A simplistic, uncomplicated multi-storied exploration of the French depression."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It is a musical comedy/drama set in another time and place that asks you to give yourself over... If you're willing to play along the result is magnifique."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Essentially a pastiche, as musty as a flea market."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Paris 36 is perhaps overlong for what it is, and it's certainly feather-light, but it gives its watcher an uncomplicated pleasure; like looking through a faded scrapbook, filled with memories once bright."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Destined to be one of the season's most energetic white elephants."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"big, overwrought melodrama that celebrates the joy of big, overwrought melodramas"
‑ Jason McKiernan, Filmcritic.com
"Elegant, reality-tinged silliness."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Paris 36 is a handsomely made French musical that never really soars."
‑ Mike Mayo, Washington Post
"The nicest that can be said of this unapologetically schmaltzy, and not unenjoyable, affair is that it is the best 1936 musical made in 2009."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A tasty, tuneful Gallic confection."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"A frothy concoction that thrives on the improvisational creativity found on a stage."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
"It's clearly old-fashioned entertainment, and while the blue-hairs will dig it, I suspect many of us with brown, blonde, black or red hair will embrace it as well."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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