Date Showing Showing On 4, 6, 7 March
Time Showing Monday 6pm, Wednesday 4pm and Thursday 6pm

C'est La Vie

M 1hrs 57mins
comedy drama romance | 2017, France | French

A hectic wedding party held in an 17th century French palace comes together with the help of the behind-the-scenes staff.


Coarse language

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Original Review
Amber Wilkinson,
Extracted By
Gill Ireland
Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve

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C'est La Vie - Official Trailer

Storyline (warning: spoilers)

The latest collaboration between Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano is like a good wedding champagne - bubbly, frothy fun with an excellent structure and a hint of complexity that leaves you on a high. Not that wedding planner Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) has any time to stop and have a glass, he's far too busy trying to ensure that the only hitch on a big day is between the bride and groom.

Set over the course of one event, Nakache and Toledano prove adept at planning and crowd management, plunging us into the workings of the backstage staff and some of the wedding party without losing us in the melee. Max just wants a quiet life, but there's little chance of that considering his right-hand woman Adele (Eye Haidara) is in almost constant foul-mouthed conflict with egocentric replacement wedding singer (Gilles Lellouche), his photographer (Jean-Paul Rouve) is on the romantic prowl, with the help of his young work shadow (Gabriel Naccache), and the groom (Benjamin Lavernhe) takes over-inflation to an entirely new level.

This is just the top tier of the wedding confection created by Nakache and Toledo, who ensure that just about everything that could go wrong does while never letting things become too absurd. There's enough predictability about some of the relationships to give a frisson of anticipation for how they might make the romantic elements play out but there are also plenty of surprises. Cinematographer David Chizallet takes us weaving with characters through the party, dropping in on incidents as they happen but the main arc is never left dangling too long.

The cast have a blast. Bacri deadpans his way to success, while Lellouche offers a hint of silliness to the singer without over-playing it - you can still see why he gets hired - and Hélène Vincent makes the most of a cameo as the mother of the groom.

By the end, you're left with nothing to do but laugh and raise a glass to their talents.

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