Florent-Emilio Siri, at left, who gave us a The Nest and Hostage (two fine action films) and Intimate Enemies (one of the great modern war films, in which he used his action techniques to excellent effect). Now, he does something similar with Cloclo, the birth-to-death story of Claude François, nick-named Cloclo, a famous French performer of the 60s and 70s (unknown to TrustMovies until now), who appears to have had a similar effect on young ladies as that certain Mr. Presley did on American girls.
Julien Rappeneau, all of whose work that I've seen, I've loved: Bon Voyage, 36th Precinct, Paris 36 and Largo Winch.
Frank Sinatra's My Way, which M. François originally wrote as Comme d'habitude -- a version whose lyrics strike TM as infinitely smarter than the self-serving sentimentality of the Sinatra version (the lyrics of which were written by Paul Anka). They say that no song in history has been recorded as often in as many languages as this one (well, what performer can resist a good ego trip!), and for that reason alone, the movie seems worthy of an American release.
Jérémie Renier another great role to savor -- which he does, and then some. He sings (just two songs, he lip-syncs the rest to Cloclo's voice), dances with aplomb and pizzazz, and generally comports himself like a coddled superstar, while capturing plenty of intimate moments from a career that was, on balance and despite a life in the spotlight, a bit darker than bright, sadder than joyous.
Dardennes brothers used him as the child in The Promise (they've used him again and again, ever since, most recently in The Kid With the Bike). His versatility -- The Brotherhood of the Wolf to Private Property, Potiche to the recent A Heavenly Vintage -- is pretty extraordinary, and if he were not so young, I'd say that Cloclo might be the capper to his career. But, no, he's got a lot more good stuff in store for us, I'll wager.