Les Mots bleus, Aline, Les Paradis perdus … We all have in mind a song by Christophe. The singer, author, composer will undoubtedly have marked French song, from its beginnings to an ever more poetic and melancholy discography. Lately, he had revisited his standards by surrounding himself with many artists of the young (or not so young) generation. He died on April 16, 2020 at the age of 74 following a lung disease, an emphysema.
Throughout his career, Christophe had made a few rare forays into the cinema, and even into the world of series (he had made a wink appearance in Household Scenes on M6). Most recently, he composed the beautiful soundtrack for the film Jeanne by Bruno Dumont (2019), in which he also appeared for a small role. The music of Jeanne, selected at Cannes last year, had earned her a nomination for the Lumière Awards of the international press last January.
According to The Parisian, “he hardly hid it: he stumbled all his life on a vocation as an upset actor “. And to add: “Cinema has been a disappointed love for him, touched here and there“.
Among the films that we will remember for his songs and his appearances on the screen, we will notably remember When I was a singer by Xavier Giannoli, in which he interpreted “The Lost Paradise”:
Christophe’s very first soundtrack accompanied a film by Georges Lautner, La Route de Salina, with Rita Hayworth, released in 1967. Let’s also mention Les Mots bleus by Alain Corneau (2004), Tirez sur le caviste by Emmanuelle Bercot ( 2009) or Stop or I continue by Sophie Fillières (2014).
We can also cite her soundtrack for Sara Forestier’s first feature film as director and screenwriter, M (2017). A few years before the film’s release, Sara Forestier had also appeared in the singer’s very first music video, Dangereuse, a song taken from the album “Les Vestiges du Chaos” (2016).
We suggest you watch this clip here: