Paris 36

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Paris 36
Faubourg 36.jpg
Film poster
Directed byChristophe Barratier
Produced byJacques Perrin
Nicolas Mauvernay
Written byChristophe Barratier
Story byChristophe Barratier
Julien Rappeneau (Adaptation)
Christophe Barratier
Julien Rappeneau
Pierre Philippe (Dialogue)
Based onAn original idea
by Jean-Michel Derenne
Frank Thomas
Reinhardt Wagner
StarringGérard Jugnot
Clovis Cornillac
Kad Merad
Nora Arnezeder
Music byReinhardt Wagner
CinematographyTom Stern
Edited byYves Deschamps
Distributed byPathé (France)
Release date
  • 6 September 2008 (2008-09-06)
Running time
120 minutes
Czech Republic
Budget$28.8 million
Box office$22.5 million[1]

Paris 36 (French: Faubourg 36) is a 2008 French romantic drama film directed by Christophe Barratier. This film is set in 1930s Paris.

The song "Loin de Paname" (lyrics by Frank Thomas, music by Reinhardt Wagner), sung by Nora Arnezeder, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film is a co-production of France, Germany, and the Czech Republic.


The stage manager of a popular music hall is charged with murder. During his confession, we see the story of the music hall and its entertainers in flashback. When the music hall closes down, a trio of unemployed friends vow to bring the business back from the dead by staging a musical they hope will be a hit. If their gamble pays off, they'll have the money to buy the theater for themselves and the power to control their own destinies.



Paris 36 received mixed to positive reviews. It holds a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states: "Sweet and light, this homage to French vaudeville – and Francophilia in general – is pretty, but its air of nostalgia occasionally borders on the saccharine."[2] On Metacritic, based on 19 critics, the film has a 40/100 rating, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.[3]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Academy Awards Best Original Song "Loin de Paname" – Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas Nominated
César Awards Best Cinematography Tom Stern Nominated
Best Original Music Reinhardt Wagner Nominated
Best Production Design Jean Rabasse Nominated
Best Costume Design Carine Sarfati Nominated
Best Sound Daniel Sobrino, Roman Dymny and Vincent Goujon Nominated
Lumières Awards Most Promising Actress Nora Arnezeder Won


  1. ^ JP. "Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2008)- JPBox-Office".
  2. ^ Paris 36 at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Paris 36 at Metacritic

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