Our annual screening in association with the Abingdon and District Twin Towns Society
“Gerard Depardieu is brilliantly cast as provincial dance hall singer Alain Moreau in The Singer; a huge hit across the Channel. While crooning through his way through various classics at a club one night, Alain meets beautiful, troubled Marion (Cecile de France). When they fall into bed that night, a tentative, uneasy relationship starts to unfold, despite Marion’s initial reluctance. This is a subtle, always engaging love story with two brilliant performances at its heart” – David Mattin, BBC Film Reviews
“Depardieu is great as Alain, the ageing singer who has a strong local following, and plays in clubs and dance-halls to the over-40s single/divorcee crowd who need his sentimental tunes, even more than booze, to help break the ice. Alain also plays retirement homes, crooningly passing among the audience and gently stroking the cheeks of beaming old ladies, his CDs laid out on a trestle-table for purchase” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Starring Gérard Depardieu, Cécile de France and Mathieu Almaric.
Dir: Xavier Giannoli 108 mins France 2006 Cert. 12A
This screening is additional to the main programme. Admission is £5.50 which includes cheese and soft drinks. You may bring your own wine. Please note that the start time is 7.15 pm.
“Depardieu right on form – preferred the evocation of place to the improbable romance, though.”
“Heart-warming film and a great performance from GD!”
“Very enjoyable but ~ 20mins too long. Gerard D. always worth watching, though.”
“Well, it was never going to be an A but it was a better B than I remembered it to be. Strange as it may seem, they are not still together.”
“Lovely film, shame about the music”
“It had its moments but, with its cheesy music and a balance of tone which [veered] between light and dark, it did make it awkward at times to discern what the film was trying to say.”
“Quite enjoyable. I woke up a couple of times and saw people posing to slow music. I thought I saw a goat.”
“They saved the best song until last!”