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Film, Drama

Time Out says

A wistful song, an iris-in on a train station, and another bittersweet Demy-Legrand musical is under way. Montand stars as Yves Montand, in Marseilles for a show based on his life. Between rehearsals, he revisits his old dockside haunts and thinks about lost love Mylène, left pregnant years before. And he meets a stage-struck girl who, inevitably, is handed her big chance when the show's female lead drops out. Unbeknownst, of course, she's the daughter of long-lost Mylène, and the film teasingly pirouettes around an impending act of incest. Demy indulges his penchant for corny choreography, mother-daughter relationships and structural complications (the fictionalised Montand on screen appearing as an unfictionalised Montand on stage). Quirky, appealing and, in effect, Demy's farewell to cinema.


Release details

103 mins

Cast and crew

Jacques Demy
Jacques Demy
Yves Montand
Mathilda May
Françoise Fabian
Catriona MacColl
Paul Guers
Antoine Bourseiller