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The Singer (Quand J'Etais Chanteur)

Dir/Scr: Xavier Giannoli. France. 2006. 112 minsSad songs say so much in The Singer, an unashamedly sentimental love story that features one of Gerard Depardieu's most fully realised and endearing performances in recent years. His melancholy, smalltime singer has the same weary charm as Burt Lancaster's aging hood in Atlantic City.Depardieu is well matched by Cecile de France and together they transcend the potentially corny material to create something small ...

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