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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

    Synopsis

    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.

    Actors (25)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Arena Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Greenpoint Films, Vega Film

    French distribution :

    Pathé Films (ex Pathé Distribution)

    Co-productions :

    Camera One, France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Films (ex Pathé Distribution)

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    International releases (31)

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    About

    "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

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Film musical

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Great Britain, Switzerland

    Original French-language productions :

    Yes

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Great Britain, Switzerland)

    Production year :

    1997

    French release :

    12/11/1997

    Runtime :

    2 h

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.716

    Visa issue date :

    22/10/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)

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    News

    Festival Selections (10)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

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

    Selection (12)

    Best Director : Alain Resnais

    Best Actress : Sabine Azéma

    Best Editing : Hervé de Luze

    Best Supporting Actor : Lambert Wilson

    Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Bacri

    Best Actor : André Dussollier

    Best Original Music : Bruno Fontaine

    Best Film

    Best Supporting Actress : Agnès Jaoui

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

    Best Production Design : Jacques Saulnier

    Best Sound : Jean-Pierre Laforce, Pierre Lenoir

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1998

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1998)

    Selection (2)

    Other Awards

    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 Actor : André Dussollier

    César Award for Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Bacri

    César Award for Best Supporting Actress : Agnès Jaoui

    César Award for Best Film

    César Award for Best Editing : Hervé de Luze

    César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay : Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui

    César Award for Best Sound : Jean-Pierre Laforce, Pierre Lenoir

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1997

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1997)

    Awards

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price

    Delegations (2)