What's an aging, overweight lounge singer to do when a haunted, beautiful woman half his age waltzes into his life in a beguiling red dress? If he's Gérard Depardieu, he finishes his set and then finds a reason to talk to her. In The Singer, directed by Xavier Giannoli, Depardieu plays Alain Moreau, a minor star whose fan base is weighted heavily toward the gray-haired, cane-and-walker set. When Marion (the lovely and enchanting Cécile De France) shows up at the nightclub where Moreau croons away his nights (backed up by a band with a penchant for purple satin shirts), Moreau is instantly entranced.
On the surface, it would seem there is very little to attract these two people. Moreau is twice Marion's age; he is overweight, and she doesn't even know who he is -- she's surprised, in fact, that older women seem so enthralled by him, and that he's constantly approached for autographs and fan photos. The classic French love songs that Moreau makes a living singing mean nothing to Marion. Marion, on the other hand, is a trim, smartly dressed young woman who works in the real estate business for Moreau's friend Bruno (who also has a thing for her).