A lavish, impeccably mounted cradle-to-grave 2 ½ hour biopic about French singer Claude Francois.
‘Cloclo’ provides a wonderful showcase for Jérémie Renier as Claude François, the hard-working and perfectionist musician, singer, dancer and pioneering businessman whose long string of hits in the 1960s and ‘70s included ‘Comme d’Habitude’ - a little ditty Frank Sinatra subsequently performed in English as ‘My Way’. François may be little known outside French-speaking countries - even though he played the Royal Albert Hall in January of 1978.
Pop idol François’ career trajectory is a superb example of ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’ Ambitious, determined and persistent, François badgered his way into showbiz, borrowing from the best and innovating just enough to hit the jackpot, deploying a real flair for showmanship and a talent for switching musical styles to keep up with the times. Stunning production design is spot-on. Florent-Emilio Siri directed music videos in the 1990s and the musical numbers are superbly staged. If you enjoyed the French films about singers Piaf and Gainsbourg, this is definitely for you. (subtitles) .
France · Belgium · 2012 · Florent-Emilio Siri · 148min