Paris 36

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2008

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Director:
Christophe Barratier
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Paris 36 is a 2008 drama directed by Christophe Barratier. Set in Paris in the summer of 1936, the film tells the story of Vaudeville theatre owner Germain Pigoil (G''rard Jugnot). With the growing strength of the Third Reich in neighboring Germany and the rise to power of a leftist government in France, Paris is in a state of uncertainty. For Germain, that chaos has manifested itself on a personal level. His wife, Viviane (Elisabeth Vitali), has left him for another man and is demanding custody of their son, Jojo (Maxence Perrin). Meanwhile, local mobster Galapiat (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) is threatening to put Germain's theater out of business. In a last-ditch effort to survive, Germain teams up with Milou (Clovis Cornillac), a local organizer, and entertainer Jacky Jacquet (Kad Merad) to bring the theatre back to life. Business is slow until Douce (Nora Arnezeder), a beautiful woman with a golden voice, arrives to change all their lives forever.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

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

  • 50

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

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

  • 10

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

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

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

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Foreign Language