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Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews - That Song From 8 Women

Yep, that's her on the left.
by Michael Collins

Perhaps I mean, A song from That Woman from 8 Women. Even those familiar with the French murder mystery, 8 Women, may not know which of the film's songs I mean. It is after all a musical of sorts. Yet this website's friend Greg Muskewitz would know which song I mean – and just for now that's what matters. For Greg, I'm talking about the song, Papa, t'es plus dans l'coup, sung by none other that Ludivine Sagnier.

Ludivine Sagnier was brought to everyone's attention during the reality warping Swimming Pool. There was THAT photo of her lying by the pool and then there was everything else in the film with Sagnier's Julie being in and out of that black and white bikini.

Sagnier had of course been in films before Swimming Pool with the best known one being Huit Femmes (Eight Women). As was the case with Swimming Pool, the film gave a slight twist on plain old boring reality. With Swimming Pool it was the vivacious Julie, for 8 Women we got the little more family values treatment of characters breaking into song.

Each of the eight female characters had a turn in singing.

The biggest change in the short twelve months between the two films is almost impossible to believe from a short haired girl in cutesy green clothes to long haired temptress in very little clothing at all. It just goes to show how much a haircut and very little clothing can do for a girl.

But back to 8 Women where Sagnier sings her signature tune, Papa t'es plus dans l'coup (“Papa, You're Behind the Times”). It's a fun innocent-sounding tune suiting the character. The song was performed with a 60s style stomping dance accentuating the fun element of the song. It also could not be further away and more different to her performance in Swimming Pool – There was just no hint at all.

The song is, naturally enough, sung in French. Frustrating to most of us, but doubly so as my French language schooling should get me through here.

I said should.

French youth are well noted for twisting and bending, if not outright destroying the French language. So that makes it hard for a French language novice like myself. It’s quite the challenging time.

Il est parfois difficile de comprendre !

However for you dear reader, I will do my best to share an understanding for the song.

Basically it’s about a teenager lamenting about how life isn’t as nice as her father claims and that he should rethink his views on the world.

In other words it’s the usual teen angst thing.

What’s different about it though, and what makes it special, is the upbeat feel of the song. If you just listen to the sound of the song (coupled with Sagnier’s performance) you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was a happy song.

There’s a certain appeal about a happy sounding song being in fact quite depressing. It fools anyone who is not listening closely and rewards those who are listening properly. It rewards those who make that extra effort as the song reveals its true nature to the few who take the effort.

So in memory of someone who spent time looking for rewards in the area of cinema that most would ignore, let me recommend you go searching for this song. Be it the soundtrack that’s available or better still, search out the film and see the Sagnier’s performance, have a look out for this nice little song.

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