Over the pass 20 years, film biopics on world famous and well-renowned singers have been all the rage at the cinema. While some take a rather traditional and conventional look into their subject, (RAY, WALK THE LINE, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, RESPECT etc.), there are others that strive to be more unique and experimental instead (I’M NOT THERE, ROCKETMAN etc.). Regardless of whichever approach they tackle the life of the singer that their film is based on, the end results could go either way depending on the execution. One recent music biopic that in a lot of ways feels like combination of both of these approaches is the French-Canadian comedy/drama is ALINE, which is based on the life of singer Celine Dion. However what makes this film interesting, is that its an fictionised account on Celine Dion where the names have been changed (Dion’s name has been changed to “Aline Dieu”) and some aspects of her story were deliberately made up. So in a way, this is more of an *unofficial* biopic than a more accurate one. However that is just one of many bizarre aspects about the film. So how this strange little film turn out? Well, you’ll have to hear my thoughts to find out. The following review of the film is in an audio format. Enjoy!
Director: Valérie Lemercier
Starring: Valérie Lemercier, Roc Lafortune, Danielle Fichaud, Sylvain Marcel.
Synopsis: With the support of her family and the man she loves, the 14th child of a modest family will become the most famous singer in the world.
ALINE is now screening in limited release around Australia via Rialto Distribution
Audio review by Bede Jermyn