French movie ‘On connaît la chanson’ (Same Old Song) directed by Alain Resnais will be screened on Tuesday December 8 at 3 pm and Wednesday December 9 at 6.30 pm at Alliance Francaise, Colombo 7.
The film woven around the lives of two sisters shows the sudden changes that take place with the entrance of three men.
Odile and Camille are two sisters living in Paris. Odile is frustrated in her dull marriage to Claude, who shows no enthusiasm in her desire to buy a new apartment. Camille, studying for a doctorate in an arcane subject, suffers from a panic disorder.
The lives of both women are up-ended when three men enter their lives. Nicholas, an old flame of Odile, returns to Paris to buy an apartment for his family, although he himself has marital problems. Simon meets and instantly falls in love with Camille, keeping from her the fact that he is an estate agent who works for the unscrupulous Marc, who also has designs on Camille...
Director Resnais’ great innovation for this film is to intermittently weave popular French songs from the past fifty or so years into the dialogue. His inspiration for this was the television series created by the celebrated British writer, Dennis Potter (“Pennies from Heaven”and ‘The Singing Detective’.