Faubourg 36 (Paris 36)
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Set in a suburb of north-east Paris between December 1935 and July 1936 during the "revolutionary" period of the Popular Front (which introduced the first paid holidays and a shorter working week). Three unemployed performers decide to take over by force the music hall where they worked a few months earlier and stage a show there.

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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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