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Same Old Song

Same Old Song

A Feature film by Alain Resnais

Produced by Arena Films

Release in France : 12/11/1997

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Actors (25)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Arena Films

Foreign production companies :

Greenpoint Films, Vega Film

French distribution :

Pathé Distribution

Co-productions :

Camera One, France 2 Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

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Simon secretly loves Camille. Camille, due to a misunderstanding, falls for Marc Duveyrier. Marc, a handsome realtor, who's also Simon's boss, is trying to sell an apartment to Odile Lalande, Camille's sister. Odile really wants this apartment, despite the silent disapproval of her husband, Claude. Claude, somewhat wan in character, finds it hard to stomach the reappearance, after many years, of Nicolas. Nicolas, an old friend of Odile's becomes the confidant of Simon... The dialogue is in part made up of extracts of French hit songs, sung in situation by the actors.


"I'm not a great fan of musical comedies, and our major worry in the beginning was: that the sung passage weren't just sketches, that they be part and parcel of the plot and the emotions. And they're not complete songs; it's three lines here, three lines there... and that'd never been done." (Jean-Pierre Bacri)

"Alain had wanted to do a homage to the films of Potter (''The Singing Detective'', ''Pennies from Heaven'' and ''Lipstick on your Collar''...) which he showed us. And I felt the same thing as when he'd talked to us about ''Smoking''... I thought, ''It's daring, it's Resnais, I want to do it''. He said: "I don't know if it's going to work, but I really want to give it a try''. He's a creator, like a painter, who doesn't just want to paint a pretty picture, but to invent something." (Agnès Jaoui)

Full credits (12)

Executive Producer :

Bruno Pesery

Co-producers :

Michel Seydoux, Ruth Waldburger

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Lenoir

Press Attachés (film) :

Dominique Segall, Laurent Renard

Continuity supervisor :

Sylvette Baudrot

Music Composer :

Bruno Fontaine

Screenwriters :

Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

Director of Photography :

Renato Berta

Production manager :

Catherine Chouridis

Editor :

Hervé de Luze

Production Designer :

Jacques Saulnier

Costume designer :

Anne Dunsford-Varenne

Technical details

Feature film

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Film musical

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France, Great Britain, Switzerland

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Majority French (France, Great Britain, Switzerland)

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2 h

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Audio format :

Dolby SRD

Posters (1)



Festival Selections (9)

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1998

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1998)


Feature Films

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

Selection (12)

Best Sound : Jean-Pierre Laforce, Pierre Lenoir

Best Production Design : Jacques Saulnier

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

Best Editing : Hervé de Luze

Best Original Music : Bruno Fontaine

Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Bacri

Best Supporting Actor : Lambert Wilson

Best Supporting Actress : Agnès Jaoui

Best Actor : André Dussollier

Best Actress : Sabine Azéma

Best Director : Alain Resnais

Best Film

Berlin International Film Festival - 1998

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1998)

Selection (2)

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Official Competition

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

Awards (7)

César award for best sound : Jean-Pierre Laforce, Pierre Lenoir

César Award for best writing : Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

Cesar Award for Best Actor : André Dussollier

César award for best supporting actor : Jean-Pierre Bacri

Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress : Agnès Jaoui

César award for best film

César award for best editing : Hervé de Luze

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1997

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1997)


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price

Delegations (2)