A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from childhood in Egypt through success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978.

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Jérémie Renier ... Claude François
Benoît Magimel ... Paul Lederman
Monica Scattini Monica Scattini ... Chouffa François
Sabrina Seyvecou ... Josette François
Ana Girardot ... Isabelle Forêt
Joséphine Japy ... France Gall
Maud Jurez Maud Jurez ... Janet Woollacot
Marc Barbé ... Aimé François
Eric Savin ... Jean-Jacques Tilche
Sophie Meister ... Kathalyn Jones
Janicke Askevold ... Sofia
Édouard Giard Édouard Giard ... Ticky Holgado
Jérémy Charbonnel Jérémy Charbonnel ... Christian Morise
Robert Knepper ... Frank Sinatra
Alison Wheeler Alison Wheeler ... Sylvie Mathurin
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A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from childhood in Egypt through success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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After a break-up with singer France Gall in 1967, he was very depressed. In order to help, Jacques Revaux, a friend of his, proposed him a little melody. With Revaux and Gilles Thibaut, he wrote the lyrics about a failing couple, destroyed by their usual life habits. It was titled "Comme d'habitude". A little time later, the song had an English version: "My Way". See more »

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Claude François: [from trailer] My name is Claude Francois. One day I'll cut a record.
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Ne Joue pas
(What Good Does it do me)
Music by A.J. Marotta
English lyrics by Guy Hemric
French lyrics by Jean Constantin
Performed by Olivier Constantin
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Predicable script but still very enjoyable
31 July 2016 | by bjacobSee all my reviews

Biopics are all somewhat un-spoilerable: you know from the first frames, where usually the character is shown as an adorable baby, that such character will do stuff, be famous and/or infamous and then die. That's why, in Cloclo, it's easy to fear the obvious outcome when, in the later part, the characters start to say "see you tomorrow" in an involuntarily ominous way.

I am a fan of French music but not of Claude François. The little I've seen and heard of him, seemed wooden, insincere and dated. All I knew before the film is that he dated France Gall and died young. I didn't know how he died and so to me the end came as a surprise twist, a stunning display of the pointless randomness of life, an almost unsubtle payback fit for a control freak. The surprise made come alive a film that, although hugely enjoyable because of the amazing acting, had to that point submissively followed the blueprint of Every Biopic Ever.

This is not a deep movie but then probably the life of its subject was a bit shallow itself. I wish it had had more historical / contextual references than those it has (Zero? Does a passing mention of Johnny Hallyday count?). Still, director and actors more than save the day: it's a period piece that it's terrific fun.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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France | Belgium

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French | Italian | English | Arabic

Release Date:

14 March 2012 (France) See more »

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Budget:

EUR20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,758,611
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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