Jacques PERRIN (GALATEE), Nicolas MAUVERNAY (GALATEE)
Following LES CHORISTES (France's biggest grossing film of 2004) director Christophe Barratier returns with another vivid portrayal of a bygone era in France. When the Chansonia music hall closes down, stage workers Milou, Jacky and Pigoil are out of a job. But it is 1936 and the left wing Popular Front has just come to power, introducing paid holidays and the 40 hour work week. Infected by the sense of empowerment sweeping the nation, the three friends decide to occupy the Chansonia and stage their own show. Their first efforts are panned by the critics and shunned by the public. However Douce, an unknown young chanteuse, makes a stunning debut. She becomes the star of the Chansonia's next production, a hit musical celebrating the seaside holidays.