Directed by Xavier Giannoli, 'Quand J'Etais Chaunteur' opens in Ireland as 'The Singer'. It stars Gerard Depardieu as Joe Dolan, well, not really Joe Dolan. In truth, the Depardieu character, Alain Moreau, is nowhere near as big as Joe Dolan, although he does play some similar venues and has a band which looks and sounds suspiciously like an Irish showband. Alain is struggling with his life and his career but finds a flash of hope and beauty when he meets Marion, a young mother in the middle of a difficult break-up with her partner. The beautiful Marion is played by the perfectly named Cecile de France.