The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur)
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The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur)
A small-time crooner of sentimental ballads enters into a May-December romance with a fragile young real-estate agent in this low-key romantic drama starring Gérard Depardieu and Cécile de France. Fifty-something Alain (Depardieu) is something of a local celebrity in Clermont-Ferrand, and few nights pass when the popular singer-of-standards doesn't exit the stage until well into the morning hours. But karaoke is making singers such as Alain a rare breed these days, and it seems as if his days under the spotlight may be numbered. One night, while serenading the audience from the stage,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An admirably tough, ambivalent and honest look at the fraught relationship between real feelings and the culturally acceptable (or otherwise) public expression of similar emotions as manipulative entertainment. Excellent."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Gentle humour and earthy emotion give this film a wonderfully relaxed tone that astutely captures our imagination."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Like watching an elephant mate with a gazelle."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"An interesting and unusual love story."
‑ Steve Watson, Little White Lies
"Just like the songs that it celebrates, Giannoli's film may speak to the universal human feelings of love, loss and loneliness, but its rather crusty veneer will not be to everyone's tastes."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"The Singer hits all its emotional gracenotes with spot-on pitch."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Giannoli's film is as bitter as it is sweet and paints the scene with masterly precision, even if the usual comforting ending is at odds with what has gone before."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The Singer requires a certain amount of sentimental indulgence, and indeed a specific fondness for French chansons to be really loved."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"A minor work for the famous Gallic acting export, The Singer still leaves a song in the heart."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"...a very unique love story featuring a knockout performance from Depardieu..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A gentle lament for the relics of an era, an affectionate epitaph for a dying breed of crooners perishing in the cheap mockery of neon discothèques and cubicle apartments."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Depardieu, utterly relaxed, is a decent crooner, and what the film lacks in strong narrative it compensates for in charm and De France's odd loveliness."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Gerard Depardieu as the walrus of lurve chansons? It's unlikely, but it works."
‑ Ed Potton, Times [UK]
"Constantly confounding expectations, this is a film of heart and humour."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Gerard Depardieu gives an exquisitely soulful performance ... a deceptively simple, yet affecting film about the poetry of love, the burden of loneliness and the thrill of a May December romance."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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