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France, French, 124 mins

  • Director: Lisa Azuelos
  • Writer: Lisa Azuelos; Catherine Rihoit; Orlando; Jacques Pessis
  • Producer: Lisa Azuelos; Julien Madon; Jérôme Seydoux

CGiii Comment

What is it about Divas and bad men?!?

She was a gay icon...and, still is...in France. Worldwide, she has sold over 170 million records, spanning a career of 30 years. That career ended with her suicide in 1987.

She went from one disasterous relationship...straight right into another one! Her choice in men...well, let's just say, she could have done better...much, much better. Or, she couldn't have chosen worse! Three [of her exes] committed suicide!

Her thirst for success propelled her through quite a few re-inventions of herself...Madonna took note! But...the similarities between Dalida and others - who fell apart - is mind-blowing. Amy, Whitney et al.

Sveva Alviti does Dalida...proud. Lisa Azuelos showers Dalida...with respect. A powerful performance directed by an obvious affection. Albeit tragic, this film is a fine and fitting tribute to a remarkable woman.

"La vie m'est insupportable... Pardonnez-moi."


The(ir) Blurb...

Based on the true story of acclaimed music icon "Dalida" born in Cairo, who gained celebrity in the 50s, singing in French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Italian, playing in awarded Youssef Chahine's picture "Le Sixième Jour", and who later committed suicide in 1987 in Paris, after selling more than 130 million records worldwide.

Cast & Characters

Sveva Alviti as Dalida;
Riccardo Scamarcio as Orlando;
Jean-Paul Rouve as Lucien Morrise;
Patrick Timsit as Bruno Coquatrix;
Vincent Perez as Eddie Barclay;
Nicolas Duvauchelle as Richard Chanfray;
Niels Schneider as Jean Sobieski;
Michael Cohen as Arnaud Desjardins;
Alessandro Borghi as Luigi Tenco;
Brenno Placido as Lucio

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