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Paris 36 (Faubourg 36) - Gérard Jugnot, Kad Merad, Clovis Cornillac, Christophe Barratier

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Spring 1936 - in a working-class district in the north of Paris, a neighbourhood that probably had a name once but that everyone now simply calls the Faubourg. At the top of the hill, a view over Paris to one side and, to the other, the burgeoning suburbs of the city. A small square, a few shops, lopsided buildings, cobbled streets and the peeling façade of the neighbourhood music hall, the Chansonia.

In this blue-collar neighbourhood, the triumphant election of the Popular Front government is greeted with enthusiasm and hopes for a brighter tomorrow, yet stirs up all kinds of extremism. Among the new government's promises, the famous law on paid holidays that will allow numerous workers to see the sea for the first time.

In early May, three inhabitants of the Faubourg, show-business workers and close friends, do not share other people's wild hopes, the Chansonia, the music hall that employed them, closed down four months earlier, leaving them all unemployed.
Pigoil (Gérard Jugnot), a stage-hand, thirty years with the Chansonia.

Without a job, he could lose custody of his 12-year-old son, Jojo (Maxence Perrin)and have to give up his plans to take him to see the sea.

Milou (Clovis Cornillac), a hot-headed electrician and a skirt-chaser. Symbol of the "workers' aristocracy," spokesman for every kind of demand, he is determined to "change the world."

Jacky (Kad Merad), former sandwich man at the Chansonia. After carrying around the names of stars on his sandwich board for years, Jacky has started dreaming that he will be the king of the music hall himself one day. Convinced that he has a talent for imitation, he continually seeks engagements that he never finds.

Supported by the locals who live to the rhythm of Monsieur TSF's (Pierre Richard) radio, the three friends decide to take hold of their destiny: they try to force the hand of fate by occupying the Chansonia and producing the "hit" musical that will allow them to buy the place. Each one of them has different motives but they all share the same goal: finding new balance in their lives.
In addition to their lack of experience, they have to deal with the hostile antagonism of the neighbourhood "godfather", Galapiat (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), and come to terms with the arrival of a mysterious and attractive young singer, Douce (Nora Arnezeder).

The dream of a whole neighbourhood,can the Chansonia "rise from its ashes" in this joyous month of June?

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama musical France theatre Paris Thirties accordion social change crime strike chanteuse romance

Persons of interest

  • Gérard Jugnot .... Pigoil
  • Clovis Cornillac .... Milou
  • Kad Merad .... Jacky
  • Nora Arnezeder .... Douce
  • Pierre Richard .... Monsieur TSF
  • Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu .... Galapiat
  • Maxence Perrin .... Jojo
  • François Morel .... Célestin
  • Élisabeth Vitali .... Viviane
  • Christophe Kourotchkine .... Lebeaupin
  • Eric Naggar .... Grevoul
  • Eric Prat .... Commissaire Tortil
  • Julien Courbey .... Mondain
  • Philippe Du Janerand .... Triquet
  • Christian Bouillette .... Dubrulle
  • Thierry Nenez .... Crouzet
  • Frédéric Papalia .... Clément
  • Jean Lescot .... Dorfeuil
  • Daniel Benoin .... Borchard
  • Wilfred Benaïche .... Jeannot
  • Reinhardt Wagner .... Blaise
  • Christophe Barratier .... Screenwriter
  • Pierre Philippe .... Screenwriter
  • Julien Rappeneau .... Screenwriter
  • Christophe Barratier .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Faubourg 36, renamed Paris 36 for the foreign market who wouldn't recognise a Parisian suburb other then Montmartre, is half an hour too much of a less-than-riveting period in Parisian history, told from the point of view of the little people. Mrs Henderson presents is more exciting and has better choreography and a better script but that's because we're British and not French (thank god that Bonaparte never made it down here).

The drama, musical, France movie Paris 36 (Faubourg 36) is directed by Christophe Barratier and stars Gérard Jugnot, Kad Merad, Clovis Cornillac.

Government security censorship classification

M (Infrequent violence)

Surveillance time

120 minutes (2:00 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 30 April 2009

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