Alain Souchon: why cinema no longer interests him


This Friday, September 30, the France 3 program Un jour, un destin will broadcast an unpublished documentary on Alain Souchon. An essential face of French song, the singer made a stint in the cinema, especially in the early 80s. And the least we can say is that he shared the screen with some big names.

In I love you by Claude Berri, he shared the poster alongside Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Catherine Deneuve. In All Fire, All Flame by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, he appears alongside Yves Montand and Isabelle Adjani. In Jean Becker’s The Deadly Summer, he holds the main role and again gives the reply to Isabelle Adjani. This last film received four César in 1983, including those for best screenplay and best actress. Alain Souchon was nominated in the category of best actor. Subsequently, the artist made brief appearances in the cinema, sometimes playing his own role. This is the case in Comedy! by Jacques Doillon, Against Oblivion by Patrice Chéreau or I don’t know if it’s everyone by Vincent Delerm. The question may arise: could he consider a return to the cinema?

On February 26, 2022, Alain Souchon was a guest in We redid the TV on RTL. Host Eric Dussart asks him if he is considering a return to the big screen. “I was not made for that. Insofar as I had the choice between being a songwriter-singer or an actor, you can’t do both”, replied Alain Souchon. “Everyone remembers you in The Deadly Summer!” retorted the host. “If I do a song and you say ‘I love your song’. “It does something to me […]. If you tell me ‘you were good in The Murderous Summer’, I say to myself yes but … it’s not me The Murderous Summer”, justifies the 78-year-old artist. “The great actors, c t is extraordinary to see Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani or people who are inhabited by their role, I was not at all inhabited […]. It was not very interesting for me,” he concluded.