Paris 36 (2008)


Paris 36 (2008)
Faubourg 36 (original title)

A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he discovers his wife is unfaithful and Galapiat, the local mobster, closes the music hall. Over the next few months, Pigoil loses custody of his beloved son, Jo-Jo, and must find work. Pigoil and his pals take over the Chansonia as a co-op; Galapiat is momentarily benign. Their star is the young Douce, a girl from near Lille for whom Galapiat lusts. She in turn falls in love with Milou, a local Red. There are ups and downs, but mostly ups - but what about Jo-Jo and what about the murder?
Czech Republic
IMDb   6.5 /10
Metacritic   40 %
TheMovieDb    6.1 /10
FilmAffinity   6.2 /10
Director Christophe Barratier
Writer Christophe Barratier
Writer Julien Rappeneau
Writer Pierre Philippe
Writer Frank Thomas
Writer Reinhardt Wagner
Writer Jean-Michel Derenne
Release Date2008-09-24
Runtime2h 0mins
GenreDrama, Music, Musical, Romance
Content RatingPG-13 (PG-13)
AwardsNominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations.
CompanyGalatée Films, Pathé, Constantin Film
CountryFrance, Germany, Czech Republic

Paris 36

Paris 36 (French: Faubourg 36) is a 2008 French romantic drama film directed by Christophe Barratier. This film is set in 1930s Paris.

The song "Loin de Paname" (lyrics by Frank Thomas, music by Reinhardt Wagner), sung by Nora Arnezeder, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film is a co-production of France, Germany, and the Czech Republic.


The stage manager of a popular music hall is charged with murder. During his confession, we see the story of the music hall and its entertainers in flashback. When the music hall closes down, a trio of unemployed friends vow to bring the business back from the dead by staging a musical they hope will be a hit. If their gamble pays off, they'll have the money to buy the theater for themselves and the power to control their own destinies.


  • Gérard Jugnot as Pigoil
  • Clovis Cornillac as Milou
  • Kad Merad as Jacky
  • Nora Arnezeder as Douce
  • Pierre Richard as Monsieur TSF
  • Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu as Galapiat
  • Maxence Perrin as Jojo
  • François Morel as Célestin
  • Élisabeth Vitali as Viviane
  • Christophe Kourotchkine as Lebeaupin
  • Eric Naggar as Grevoul
  • Eric Prat as Commissaire Tortil
  • Julien Courbey as Mondain
  • Philippe du Janerand as Triquet
  • Stéphane Debac as The Social Services Inspector
  • Marc Citti as L'inspecteur du Quai des Orfèvres


Paris 36 received mixed to positive reviews. It holds a 64% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 83 reviews, with an average score of 5.93/10. The site's consensus states: "Sweet and light, this homage to French vaudeville – and Francophilia in general – is pretty, but its air of nostalgia occasionally borders on the saccharine." On Metacritic, based on 19 critics, the film has a 40/100 rating, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.


Award / Film FestivalCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
Academy AwardsBest Original Song"Loin de Paname" – Reinhardt Wagner and Frank ThomasNominated
César AwardsBest CinematographyTom SternNominated
Best Original MusicReinhardt WagnerNominated
Best Production DesignJean RabasseNominated
Best Costume DesignCarine SarfatiNominated
Best SoundDaniel Sobrino, Roman Dymny and Vincent GoujonNominated
Lumières AwardsMost Promising ActressNora ArnezederWon