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Love Songs for Tough Guys

Directed by Samuel Benchetrit
France, Belgium
107 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Vanessa Paradis stars in a delightfully unconventional comedy about ageing crooks finding love through poetry and the performing arts. Official Selection, Cannes 2021.
Love is truly strange and wonderful. Just ask veteran gang boss Jeff (François Damiens) and his senescent sidekicks. Young punks are muscling in on his turf but Jeff's main concern is winning the heart of Roxane, a young supermarket cashier he adores from afar. Taking a leaf from the Cyrano de Bergerac playbook, Jeff writes love poems to Roxane that are hand-delivered by his henchman (Ramzy Bedia). Meanwhile, Jeff's grizzled enforcer Jacky (Gustave Kervern) meets Suzanne (Paradis), a suburban widow about to play Simone de Beauvoir in a community theatre musical. With an all-star ensemble including Bouli Lanners, Joeystarr and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Samuel Benchetrit's (I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster, SFF 2008) new film is wonderfully eccentric, huge-hearted and giddily romantic.


Fri 5 Nov
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne 5
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Sun 14 Nov
State Theatre
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Program Strand
Special Presentations
Original Title
Cette musique ne joue pour personne
Unclassified 18+
France, Belgium
In French with English subtitles
Samuel Benchetrit
Julien Madon, Philippe Logie
François Damiens, Vanessa Paradis, Ramzy Bedia
Samuel Benchetrit, Gábor Rassov
Pierre Aïm
Clémence Diard
Cannes Selected, Arts, Crime, Off-Beat, Comedy
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Palace Films
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