On connaît la chanson, (Same Old Song )
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In this homage to acclaimed TV scripter Dennis Potter (1935-1994), famed 75-year-old French director Alain Resnais (Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad) has actors lip-synch in a manner instantly recalling Potter's Pennies from Heaven (1978 TV serial, 1981 movie) and The Singing Detective (1986), regarded by some as the best original work ever created for television. Completing her history dissertation, Camille (Agnes Jaoui) is a Paris tour guide, and Simon (Andre Dussolier) is a regular on her tours because he's attracted to Camille -- although he claims to be researching his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A comedy about real estate and class differences, this was the biggest hit of Resnais' career in France, superbly capturing Paris in the 90s."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Sublime work from an old but still innovative French New Waver."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"A multi-layered love story and meditation on the natural human condition, where the characters lip sync to famous French songs, current pop, and older music as well, used as inner-monologues, dialogue and thought."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"Over the course of its two hours, though, each of the main characters deepens and issues of deception, self-deception, trust, and control in their relationships take on surprising complexity."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"There's not a lot of bite to this satirical musical, but Resnais has never made a bad film..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is a puny benefit for a device that's arbitrary and precious and results in slowing down scenes and conversations for no reason but cuteness."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Densely plotted and endearingly neurotic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What may have been intended as playful comes off as unbearably leaden and incongruous instead."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"In his middle seventies, Resnais is still going full-tilt."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"By the end of the film you've become more than superficially acquainted with six recognizable and complicated individuals. How many movie musicals can make that claim?"
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Give Resnais credit for trying something different."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"A tired tune, conducted by a maestro who appears to be tone-deaf."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The film has its funny moments, but as a satire of the bourgeoisie it's working awfully familiar territory."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Examiner
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