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Same Old Song
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by Greg Muskewitz

"No ordinary re-mix."
5 stars

A multi-layered love story and meditation on the natural human condition, where the characters lip sync to famous French songs, current pop, and older music as well, used as inner-monologues, dialogue and thought.

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Same Old Song is a multi-layered love story and meditation on the natural human condition, where the characters lip sync to famous French songs, current pop, and older music as well, used as inner-monologues, dialogue and thought. The idea, written by two of the film’s stars, Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri is give the deft directorial treatment from revered 78-year-old Frenchman Alain Resnais (Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Providence, Last Year at Marienbad), and was his tribute to Dennis Potter's musicals (Pennies from Heaven). This may be the best original screenplay of the year, because nothing exhibits the dexterity, diligence, and creativity as this story does. Without being familiar with French music, it was hard to tell if it could have been placed better, but I believe that it's perfect how it was. I think a similar project for our culture would be quite unique. Same Old Song is a great example of something that I slightly underrated earlier this year, but has come back to prove itself as one of the best. Sabine Azéma and Agnès Jaoui are in top form, and turn in two of the best female performances. An ambitious project, but Resnais handles it like the pro I've heard he is, and have begun to see.

Final Verdict: A-.

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