Paris 36

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Paris 36
Directed by Christophe Barratier
Produced by Jacques Perrin
Nicolas Mauvernay
Written by Christophe Barratier
Story by Christophe Barratier
Julien Rappeneau (Adaptation)
Christophe Barratier
Julien Rappeneau
Pierre Philippe (Dialogue)
Based on An original idea 
by Jean-Michel Derenne
Frank Thomas
Reinhardt Wagner
Starring Gérard Jugnot
Clovis Cornillac
Kad Merad
Nora Arnezeder
Pierre Richard
Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Cinematography Tom Stern
Edited by Yves Deschamps
Distributed by Pathé (France)
Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • 6 September 2008 (2008-09-06)
Running time
120 minutes
Country France
Czech Republic
Language French
Box office $12,826,323[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 82nd Academy Awards 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, currently holding a 62% 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]


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