C’est La Vie! (Le sens de la fête) (2017)



C’est La Vie! is a wry and heartwarming French comedy about love, napkin twirling and the frustrations you feel when nothing goes quite as planned.

Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) is a wedding organiser. Confident in his expertise, he arrives at the grand châteaux that is the venue for his next job, ready to ensure the epic event runs smoothly. His day has started badly when he lost his license. Then his second in charge, Adèle (Eye Haidara) can’t keep her cool and picks a fight with the last-minute replacement musician, James (ZGilles Lellouche). Groom Pierre (Benjamin Lavernhe) is a pretentious twat who is critical of everything Max has organised.

Although this is comedy, it’s fascinating to see the machinations behind such an intricate spectacle. The dishwashers are the immigrants, a little nonplussed at French culture. The waiting staff want better conditions but don’t know how to ask. The artists are full of self-importance, James doesn’t want to alter his performance to suit the selfish demands of others and Guy (Jean-Paul Rouve) is a jaded photographer, constantly irritated by the prevalence of smart phones.

There are balloons shaped like the moon, napkin twirling, catering hacks and fireworks. The story weaves and spins its magic around the characters with moments of simple humour and pathos. Even the loathsome Pierre is ultimately treated with kindness. The ending is warm and fuzzy; you won’t learn anything new but you will spend a couple of hours with a bunch of quirky, likeable people.

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