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Agnes Jaoui can name that tune. Those who weren’t aware of this have not paid the necessary amount of attention to her career as actress, screenplay writer or director– many of which paths lead toward music. With Alain Resnais, popular songs acted as rubber repair patch for the chickens of human drama or as bandages for the love and relationship wounded. In « Un air de famille » Dalida’s song, Come prima mended the memories of frayed siblings. In 2004 she sang a twirling Cuban bolero, Lo Dudo, in François Favrat’s film, « Le rôle de sa vie.” And, more recently she offered herself the role of a voice teacher in her film « Comme une image», a symbolic way of reflecting her image and joining her two paths before she was forced to choose, just as the characters in « Smoking/No Smoking. »

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