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Press Conference | Directors of "Tralala" talk about the feature

Featured at the French Film Festival Varilux, "Tralala" follows an unsuccessful musician who finds himself an actor satisfying the wishes of others


O French Film Festival Varilux started last Thursday, 25th, with 17 new titles and 2 classics in all Brazilian cinemas. The event runs until December 8th and to check the complete schedule, just visit the event's official website:

On November 25th, we participated in the online press conference with the directors of the peculiar Tralala, directors' film Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, which is also on display at this year's festival. This, in fact, is the duo's first experience in musical comedy. Check out!


The narrative follows Tralala, a 40-year-old singer from the streets of Paris who meets a young woman who leaves him a single message before disappearing: “Above all, don't be yourself”. Had Tralala dreamed? He leaves the capital and ends up meeting in Lourdes the woman he was already in love with, but who doesn't remember him.

The music in the movie (and in life) is crucial because it brings us together. – Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu

During the virtual chat, the directors of “Tralala” talked about the production that was shot in the city of Lourdes, in the interior of France, where they were born. The recordings took place during the pandemic period, so one of the movie's curiosities is the use of masks. The cast had to adapt to the moment and protect themselves. At times, it was intentional to remove the mask, as a sign of protest, and at others, of crowding, the use was for the protection not only of the cast, but of everyone around.

One of the film's proposals is the message “don't be yourself”, something the duo considers anti-established and the opposite of what usually happens in regions like Lourdes, marked by apparitions. According to them, the phrase is from Phillipe Katerine. In these apparitions, as in Lourdes, there is always a phrase that is expressed to those who watch it. “This chosen phrase is a contradiction to all of this. They reinforce that the joke is an anti-nationalist phrase. Don't be yourself, stop nationalism. And that's what Tralala does”, they conclude.

There were things that changed originally, for example, what we had planned at the end of the film couldn't go as we thought. Health rules did not allow this. That's why we decided to put the entire audience in a mask, but the singers don't. - Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu

In the lead role we have Amalric, a modern-day troubadour from Paris who one night meets a very pretty young woman who gives him a single message before disappearing: “Above all, don't be yourself“. Initially, we think that they are imagining, seeing things, but no. At the same time, he heeds this “advice” and sets off in search of the girl, until a woman believes that Tralala is actually her own son, Pat, who disappeared twenty years ago in the United States. The troubadour assumes this “role”, finding a new family and discovering the genius he never had. The ending is surprising and reflective.

Another curiosity about the work was whether the singers really sang and they confirmed that they did, and even with the use of technology to correct some slippages, what you hear is almost 100% what they managed to sing. Still on the music, in the scene where Tralala visits his fake mother, they dance to the sound of Milton Nascimento singing “Those green eyes”. The directors said that when they were children in the 1960s, those were the years that Brazilian music arrived in France for those who had 'heard' and they discovered everything, Milton, Tania Maria, and ended up associating it with their parents, especially their mother.



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