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Same Old Song

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Same Old Song

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azéma, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Wilfred Benale, François Bertin, Jane Birkin

year: 1997

colour: yes

certificate: PG

director: Alain Resnais

runtime: 120

Inspired by Dennis Potter's experiments with getting actors to lip-sync to popular songs, Resnais goes for an altogether lighter touch, setting a tale of thwarted love and Parisian loneliness to French songs from six decades. His biggest hit in France, the film provides a bright, ironic and highly entertaining bridge between the style of Smoking/No Smoking and the tone of Private Fears in Public Places.


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