Paris 36 (Faubourg 36)

Paris 36 (Faubourg 36)

Paris 36 (Faubourg 36)

French drama set in spring 1936, in a working-class district north of Paris. In the center of town is a small square, a few shops, lopsided buildings, cobbled streets and the peeling façade of the neighborhood music hall: the Chansonia. In this blue-collar neighborhood, 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 is a law guaranteeing paid holidays for workers. Three residents – Pigoil, Milou, and Jacky – still sulk over the closing of the Chansonia four months ago. Supported by the locals who live to the rhythm of Monsieur TSF's radio, the three friends decide to use their holiday by producing the 'hit' musical the Chansonia has always needed.

2008Rating: M, contains low level violence121 minsFrance, Germany, Czech RepublicFrench with English subtitles
Drama

Paris 36 (Faubourg 36) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Schematically scripted tale revels in its multiple story arcs, but shows signs of battle fatigue in the later reels.

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Total Film

Total Film

Lacking the vital quirkiness of Amélie, and saddled with banal if perky musical numbers, it soon feels predictable despite tip-top ensemble playing and Tom (Changeling) Stern’s sweeping cinematography.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

So shameless in its pandering, sentimental vision of Frenchness as to constitute something of a national embarrassment.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It's pleasant and amusing. If I had seen it before I was born, I would have loved it.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

French director Christophe Barratier has bought into the romantic notion of how a stage show comes together but he also wants to force-feed us great lumps of reality.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

They don't make movies like this anymore.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Paris 36 has a beguilingly authentic sound and offers a blend of impassioned sentiment and harsh, even brutal grit

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The movie is almost rescued by the wonderful 1930's style songs (written by Reinhardt Wanger and Frank Thomas) that populate its final act.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Beautifully realised homage to 30s theatre and French cinema, this is thoroughly charming and entertaining throughout.

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