Tralala, a musical and joyful film by the Larrieu brothers, has won a preview of the Angoulême French-language film festival

After Cannes last July, it’s Angoulême’s turn to be amazed and amazed. tol-de-rol continues its previews before the national release of the film on October 6.

Change of register for Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu. After filming dramas, comedies and even thrillers, the two filmmakers explore a whole new world: the musical. A film that brings together a dream cast: Mathieu Amalric, Mélanie Thierry, Josiane Balasko and Maïwenn. On the music side, there are also beautiful people with an original soundtrack signed Philippe Katerine, Etienne Daho, Dominique A, Jeanne Cherhal and Bertrand Belin.

This feature film traces the journey of Tralala, in his forties, singer in the streets of Paris. An artist a little lost who meets a young woman one evening who sends him a single message before disappearing: “Above all, don’t be yourself”. Tralala leaves the capital and ends up finding in Lourdes the one he is already in love with. She no longer remembers him. But a moving sexagenarian believes to recognize in Tralala her own son, Pat, disappeared twenty years earlier in the United States. Tralala decides to take on the role. He will discover a new family and find the genius he never had.

Tralala is played by Mathieu Amalric, the Larrieu brothers’ favorite actor. For Mélanie Thierry, who has never toured with the two filmmakers, this film where it was necessary to push the song has everything of a first time. “I have the impression that I am being offered a new job, a different image, a role that I had never played” confides the actress present at the Angoulême festival. Conversely, Bertrand Belin, singer and guitarist, has played comedy. A new experience appreciated. “To be able to be invited to see the making of a film, that dimension interested me a lot” he explains.

Scene from the film where Mélanie Thierry sings (Pyramide Distribution)

By making a musical, the Larrieu brothers wanted to refer to Jacques Demy (The umbrellas of Cherbourg, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort…) But the exercise was not always easy. “What was complicated was putting information in the songs in an attractive way” they recognize. The result seems to meet the expectations of the public. Described as funny, offbeat, opinions were unanimous when the film was screened in Angoulême.

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