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Rated PG-13 · 2009

During the Great Depression, the fractious residents of a Parisian neighborhood unite to revive their local music hall; meanwhile the manager (Gerard Jugnot) struggles to regain custody of his son, the owner (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) vies with a labor organizer (Clovis Cornillac) for the affections of a charming new singer (Nora Arnezeder), and a two-bit comedian (Kad Merad) develops a gratifying new sideline speaking at anti-Semitic rallies. Director Christophe Barratier (The Chorus) seems to be emulating the populist films of Rene Clair and Henri-Georges Clouzot, and he's helped considerably by the cinematography of Tom Stern and the stellar production design of Jean Rabasse. But the movie is essentially a pastiche, as musty as a flea market. In French with subtitles.
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Director: Christophe Barratier
Writer: Christophe Barratier and Pierre Philippe
Producer: Nicolas Mauvernay and Jacques Perrin
Cast: Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Richard, Gérard Jugnot, Stéphane Debac, Maxence Perrin, Kad Merad, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Philippe Du Janerand, Eric Prat and François Morel

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