Same Old Song

Same Old Song

Movie: Same Old Song
Director: Alain Resnais
Produced by: Alia Films, AMLF, Arena Films, Caméra One, Canal Plus, Cofimage 9, France 2 Cinema, Greenpoint Films, Sofineurope, Television Suisse Romande, Vega Film
Released By: Artistic License Films
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In this homage to acclaimed TV scripter Dennis Potter, famed 75-year-old French director Alain Resnais has actors lip-synch in a manner instantly recalling Potter’s Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective, regarded by some as the best original work ever created for television. Completing her history dissertation, Camille is a Paris tour guide, and Simon is a regular on her tours because he’s attracted to Camille — although he claims to be researching his historical radio dramas. Camille’s sister, business-executive Odile, is married to weak, furtive Claude. In the past Odile was close to successful businessman Nicolas, now married with kids and returning to Paris after an eight-year absence. Odile seeks an apartment from real estate agent Marc. Camille and Marc begin an affair. Nicolas is also looking for an apartment, since he hopes to eventually have his family join him in Paris. These characters make easy transitions back and forth from the dialogue to 36 song fragments. The film’s debt to Dennis Potter is acknowledged with a dedication in the opening credits.

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