(Le Plaisir de chanter, 2008) French novelist-filmmaker Ilan Duran Cohen’s exuberant “anti-romantic comedy” is a musical, thriller and spy movie as well. Like many musically inclined French features of the past decade, it’s pleasingly bonkeroo. (But it still can’t top “Wild Grass,” the insolent new film from 87-year-old Alain Resnais, out in spring 2010.) To describe its sexy, funny turns would spoil much of the fun. A singing class rife with spies? Clandestine lovers who are spies? A widow’s secrets? A lighthearted joy, indeed. With Marina Foïs, Lorànt Deutsch, Jeanne Balibar, Julien Baumgartner, Nathalie Richard, Caroline Ducey, Guillaume Quatravaux, Evelyne Kirschenbaum, Frédéric Karakozian, Dominique Reymond. 99m. (Ray Pride)
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.