Dalida (2017 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLisa Azuelos
Produced byJulien Madon
Lisa Azuelos
Jérôme Seydoux
Written byLisa Azuelos
Orlando (collaboration)
StarringSveva Alviti
Riccardo Scamarcio
Jean-Paul Rouve
Nicolas Duvauchelle
Music byJeanne Trellu
Jaco Zijlstra
CinematographyAntoine Sanier
Edited byThomas Fernandez
Distributed byPathé Distribution
Release date
  • 11 January 2017 (2017-01-11)
Running time
124 minutes
Budget€15 million[1]
Box office$5.6 million[2]

Dalida is a 2017 French biographical drama film about the life of singer and actress Dalida. It is written, directed and co-produced by Lisa Azuelos, and stars Sveva Alviti as Dalida.[3]


In 1967 Dalida goes to a hotel and unsuccessfully attempts suicide. Rushing to her side during recovery are her ex-husband Lucien Morisse, her ex-lover Jean Sobieski and her brother Orlando (born Bruno). The three men explain different facets of Dalida's personality: Dalida grew up a passionate music lover thanks to her violinist father in Cairo but always felt herself to be ugly because of the large glasses she wore. She was discovered in Paris by Lucien Morisse, a Parisian radio programmer who eventually fell for her and left his wife for her. Dalida became disillusioned with Morisse when he put off marriage and a child to focus on building her career. Nevertheless she married him, but quickly began an affair with artist Jean Sobieski. She eventually left Sobieski as well, to have an affair with Luigi Tenco, a temperamental musician. Luigi commits suicide after having a breakdown and walking off stage at a music competition. Dalida finds his body and it is this her friends and family believe has contributed to her mental breakdown and suicide attempt.

With the help of her brother Dalida recovers and begins to record new music and find new loves. Going to Italy to perform, she encounters a young 22 year old student and the two embark upon a love affair. Discovering she is pregnant Dalida decides not to keep the child as she feels her lover is too young to be a responsible parent and that she does not want to raise a child without a father. She has an abortion and breaks things off with her lover.

Dalida's brother Orlando begins to manage her career causing a new period of success for her. Lucien Morisse meanwhile commits suicide in their old apartment.

Dalida is introduced to media personality Richard Chanfray (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and the two begin a relationship. Dalida feels safe and secure for the first time in her life, but eventually their relationship begins to crumble. Richard accidentally shoots the boyfriend of her housekeeper believing he is an intruder and Dalida is forced to pay off the family to keep him out of jail. After Richard gets jealous of her career she records an album with him despite the fact that he is a poor singer. Dalida believes she is pregnant only to learn her abortion destroyed her uterus and any chance she may have had of becoming pregnant. At a New Year's Eve party after Richard is unpleasant to her and publicly mocks her eating disorder, Dalida finally kicks him out of her life. Sometime after he commits suicide as well.

Her career doing better than ever, Dalida acts in the film Le Sixième Jour to much acclaim and returns to Egypt where she is feted by the people. Nevertheless she dissolves into a deep depression, becoming a shut-in with her bulimia spiralling out of control. She finally commits suicide leaving behind a note explaining that life is too difficult.



Principal photography took place from 8 February to 22 April 2016, in France, Italy and Morocco.[1]


In a statement to the Agence France-Presse, Catherine Morisse, the daughter of Lucien Morisse, criticised the film for the inaccurate portrayal of her father, adding that she was not consulted during the film's production.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Film Dalida 2017". Dalida.com.
  2. ^ "Dalida (2017)". Jpbox-office.com. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Éternelle Dalida". Le Figaro. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Film sur Dalida: protestation de la fille de Lucien Morisse". AFP. 19 December 2016. Archived from the original on 19 December 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2018.

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