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‘Aline,’ Cannes’ Unauthorized Celine Dion Biopic, Is Like a Will Ferrell Movie Without the Jokes

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14.07.2021

In perhaps the most erudite and humane book of criticism ever written, Let’s Talk About Love, the music journalist Carl Wilson brilliantly used Celine Dion’s album of the same name to discuss the subjective nature of good taste and to try to understand what makes Dion so world-dominatingly popular.

Written a handful of years after the commercial highpoint of Dion’s career—the Oscar win for her record-setting theme song for Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On”—the book has since been strangely overtaken by a shift in public taste and changing attitudes toward Dion. The braying vulgarity of Dion’s music is now seen as offensive only to a dwindling number of dreary musos, and where Dion once passed for a figure of fun and mockery, she has now entered into a sort of legend where she is the subject of memes and viral videos: the singer is viewed with genuine fondness, and Dion herself seems to be in on the joke.

Into such a context lands Aline, a new film by the French comedian Valerie Lemercier, about the life of the Canadian singer. The movie is a strange object, as it presents itself with all the hallmarks of comedic caricature (bowdlerized names, jokes, heightened performances, a lead actor from a comedy background), yet it behaves like a straight-up biopic, uses almost all of Dion’s greatest hits (performed by a singer sounding........

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