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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
THE JOY OF SINGING (LE PLAISIR DE CHANTER)
"Delightful, funny and refreshingly unpredictable... Duran Cohen succeeds beautifully in investing his story with multidimensional elements that give depth to his madcap plot" -Variety
"This is the goofiest thrill-sex-music-spy movie in many a moon" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! "Exuberant" -NewCity Chicago
Muriel (Marina Foïs) really wants to have a child, but she does not have any luck with men. One possible candidate for fatherhood is Philippe (Lorànt Deutsch), but there is a problem: she is his superior in a secret service spy cell and he is too intimidated to make a pass at the boss. They are assigned to track down Constance (Jeanne Balibar), believed to possess a vital USB key that may reveal her late husband's history as a uranium trafficker. She is also the star pupil in a class for amateur opera singers and Muriel and Philippe decide to enroll in an effort to get close to the widow. They soon discover their vocal chops (as well enjoying the class) and a labyrinthine plot ensues, with a collectively duplicitous nest of spies, significant bed-hopping and some interesting songs (the highlight being Constance's re-write of the Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" as "L'amour est fou"/"Love is crazy.") Will the alternately quarrelling and loving spy couple find the key? That may not be the point in what novelist and filmmaker Ilan Duran Cohen (Grandsons, Confusion of Genders) calls an "anti-romantic comedy." It's actually much more than that: it may be France's first sexy musical/comedy/spy caper/thriller.
Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen, France, 2008, 99 mins. In French with English subtitles.