When I Was a Singer

When I Was a Singer
Directed by Xavier Giannoli
Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Edouard Weil
Written by Xavier Giannoli
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Cécile De France
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Yorick Le Saux
Edited by Martine Giordano
Distributed by EuropaCorp. Distribution (France)
Release dates
  • 26 May 2006 (2006-05-26)
Running time
112 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $10,205,575[1]

When I Was a Singer (French: Quand j'étais chanteur) is a 2006 French musical romantic drama film starring Gérard Depardieu and Cécile de France. It was written and directed by Xavier Giannoli.


Alain Moreau sings for one of the few remaining dance-bands in Clermont-Ferrand. Though something of an idol amongst his female audience he has a melancholic awareness of the slow disappearance of that audience and of his advancing years. He is completely knocked off balance when he meets strikingly attractive and much younger businesswoman Marion. She seems distant and apparently otherwise involved but soon shows quiet signs of reciprocating his interest. A brief dalliance turns into something much more complicated and he starts to employ - indeed monopolise - her services as an estate agent by announcing he suddenly must move house.


Awards and nominations

Alternative titles

Quand j'étais chanteur was released in the United Kingdom under the title The Singer.


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