Cinema: “Tralala”, the enchanted comedy of the Larrieu brothers

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(AFP) – Tender and burlesque, “Tralala”, by the Larrieu brothers, offers Wednesday in theaters a journey with the allure of a musical comedy with Mathieu Amalric as a singer of the streets attracted in Lourdes by an apparition.

Josiane Balasko, Maïwenn, Mélanie Thierry, Denis Lavant, Bertrand Belin and Jalil Lespert encamp the other picturesque characters of this story both tender and burlesque shot essentially in the Marian city, the birthplace of the directors and the Mecca of Catholic pilgrimage.

Sixteen years after “Painting or making love”, the film was unveiled in official selection at the last Cannes festival.

Etienne Daho, Dominique A, Bertrand Belin, Jeanne Cherhal, Joseph and Balthazar from the rap duo Sein, Philippe Katerine and Keren Ann sign the soundtrack of the film, with new songs written or co-written by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu.

Near the Gare Montparnasse in Paris, a mysterious this young woman appears one evening in Tralala (Mathieu Amalric), singer of the streets who accompanies herself on the ukulele, and delivers her a message: “above all, don’t be yourself!”

Does he think he has seen the Blessed Virgin? He takes the first train to Lourdes. once there, “Tralala” happens to pass himself off as a son who had disappeared twenty years earlier and joins a family.

“The apparitions generally happen to people who are very bad … We wanted a miracle to occur in Lourdes, something impossible, and in which we can nevertheless believe “, explains Jean-Marie Larrieu.

For a long time, the two filmmaker brothers dreamed of signing a musical: “Music has always been important in our films. With Arnaud, we are also a bit of failed musicians. A 15 years , we had set up a group … “.

Their street singer, well camped by Mathieu Amalric, is a kind of” Boudu saved from the waters “:” he also meets the figure of + Vernon Subutex + (the hero of Virginie Despentes, editor’s note). A character whose world and youth have collapsed, with the possibility of a revival. As Subutex brings the world back to life, our character can reveal himself and reveal the others to themselves … “.

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