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Same Old Song (1997)

On connaît la chanson (original title)
Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille just completed her doctoral thesis has fallen in love with an estate agent who is responsible for Odile's apartment ... See full summary »

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Alain Resnais
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Arditi ... Claude
Sabine Azéma ... Odile Lalande
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Nicolas
André Dussollier ... Simon
Agnès Jaoui ... Camille Lalande
Lambert Wilson ... Marc Duveyrier
Jane Birkin ... Jane
Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Father
Nelly Borgeaud ... Doctor #3
Götz Burger ... Von Choltitz
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Young Man with Cheque
Charlotte Kady Charlotte Kady ... Restaurant Customer
Jacques Mauclair Jacques Mauclair ... Doctor #1
Pierre Meyrand ... Cafe Owner
Claire Nadeau Claire Nadeau ... Female Guest
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Storyline

Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille just completed her doctoral thesis has fallen in love with an estate agent who is responsible for Odile's apartment and who has an elder employee. Written by Marco Radke <radke@krypta.aball.de>

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Language:

French

Release Date:

12 November 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Same Old Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,157, 17 October 1999

Gross USA:

$32,443
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

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Nathalie
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charming, but also challenging
19 March 2001 | by djenningSee all my reviews

This film is light, but not empty. Following the interconnected lives of several Parisian bourgeois, the film uses snippets of popular music to demonstrate the emotional state of the characters in the style of a conventional musical. However, the music does both more than this and less. The characters do not sing their parts so much as lip-sync (badly) to tunes that one hears on the radio or in a movie. The songs are related to the characters' "inner lives" as a Nike swoosh or a Dior label would be - and that's the point. Each character has a musical style of sorts and maybe even a theme song, but the song "belongs" to the character like motion "belongs" to a jelly-fish. The characters, like the jelly-fish that are a motif of the finale scene, are less than unique, and much less than in control. However, they are at the same time quite human and sympathetic.

Resnais, whom I count as being one of cinema's great geniuses, has a similar approach in On connaît la chanson as he does in Mon oncle d'Amérique, with pop songs in lieu of mice and jelly-fish in lieu of Henri Laborit. (See the info on the latter movie if this doesn't make sense...) What both films do is make one think about important questions of the complex relationship between brains, minds, and souls, and they do so without clobbering the viewer over the head with preachiness and over-simplifications. Contrast this with the sermonizing of the abominable Lars von Trier (of Dancer in the Dark fame) as well as with the mindless drek that that is generally shown in U.S. theaters.


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