The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur)
The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur) (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 13, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald

The prodigally productive Depardieu turns in a perfectly inflected performance, full of grace and skill and with none of the curdled cynicism a lesser actor would have brought to the role.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

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.

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Derek Elley

The Singer hits all its emotional gracenotes with spot-on pitch.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Gentle humour and earthy emotion give this film a wonderfully relaxed tone that astutely captures our imagination.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Like watching an elephant mate with a gazelle.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

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.

Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

Peter Bradshaw

The Singer requires a certain amount of sentimental indulgence, and indeed a specific fondness for French chansons to be really loved.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected places"</i> Alain Moreau sings for one of the few remaining dance-bands in… More
Nicki Marie
Nice movie about a much older man with a past who falls for young woman who doesn't fall for his charms. Both are sad characters who come to help each… More
Patrick Dolan
Simple and complicated, very engrossing. It's really interesting to see the life of these kind of singers. It's really sweet too and sad.