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Fête de la musique: Our selection of DVDs

La vie en Rose , Olivier Dahan (2007)

Award-winning biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, Piaf (played by Marion Cotillard) was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, her life was filled with tragedy.

Attila Marcel , Sylvain Chomet (2013)

Paul is a sweet man-child, raised - and smothered - by his two eccentric aunts in Paris since the death of his parents when he was a toddler. Now thirty-three, he still does not speak. Paul’s aunts have only one dream for him: to win piano competitions. Although Paul practices dutifully, he remains unfulfilled until he submits to the interventions of his upstairs neighbor. Suitably named after the novelist, Madame Proust offers Paul a concoction that unlocks repressed memories from his childhood and awakens the most delightful of fantasies.

Exiles , Tony Gartlif (2004)

Two French lovers, Zano and Naima, decided to travel to the land of their parents: Algeria. Their road trip gradually becomes a spiritual quest.

The concert , Radu Mihaileanu (2009)

Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Châtelet Theater in Paris invites the Bolshoi orchestra to play there. He decides to gather together his former musicians and to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra.

Les uns et les autres , Claude Lelouch (1981)

This movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany, France and the USA, from before World War II through the war and the Holocaust, to the 1980s. Their lives become intertwined through the historical circumstances.

Notre Dame de Paris , Luc Plamondon & Richard Cocciante (1998)

Notre-Dame de Paris is a French and Québécois musical. It is based on Victor Hugo’s novel and was a huge success in France in the late 1990s.

Pas sur la bouche , Alain Resnais (2003)

A high-society housewife finds her social standing threatened when her American ex-husband arrives in Paris. With money to spare and a lavish home, Gilberte Valandray (Sabine Azéma) spends most of her days relaxing and enjoying the company of close friend Huguette (Audrey Tautou). When Gilberte learns that her ex-husband Georges Valandray (Pierre Arditi) has arrived in Paris, her desperate bid to keep her past hidden from her current husband is further complicated by the constant advances of her many admirers.

The singer , Xavier Giannoli (2007)

Alain Moreau (Gérard Depardieu) sings for one of the few remaining dance-bands in Clermont-Ferrand. Though something of an idol amongst his female audience he has a melancholic awareness of the slow disappearance of that audience and of his advancing years. He is completely knocked off balance when he meets strikingly attractive and much younger businesswoman Marion (Cécile de France).

Jean-Phillipe , Laurent Tuel (2006)

Fabrice (Fabrice Luchini) is an average office worker with a sub-par family life, but his obsession with French singer Jean-Philippe (Johnny Hallyday) knows no bounds. Then one day he’s knocked unconscious, and wakes up to discover that he is in an alternate universe where Jean-Philippe never achieved fame and fortune.

Acoustic en Pointillé , TV5 Monde (2010)

Discover tenFrancophone artists through interviews and songs.

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