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C'est La Vie!

(Le Sens de la fête)

By the directors of Intouchables

In C’est La Vie, a hugely enjoyable romp from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (Intouchables), a cantankerous French caterer has to try and create a fairytale wedding while relying on the most disorganized group of waiters, cooks, photographers and wedding singers in the history of holy matrimonies.

Jean-Pierre Bacri plays Max, an I’ve-seen-it-all caterer/wedding planner charged with organizing the momentous day of an ultra-rich couple. His pragmatic motto is ‘We need to adapt,’ and there will be plenty of opportunities to do just that, as nothing goes as planned.

Poster for the wedding-planner comedy "C'est la vie"First off, there’s the last-minute wedding singer (Gilles Lellouche), who  constantly picks fights with Adèle (Eye Haidara), Max’s potty-mouthed second-in-command. Adèle did her friend, Samy (Alban Ivanov), a favour by getting him a waiter position, though he has zero experience. Fellow waiter Julien (Vincent Macaigne) carries a torch for a woman from his past who unexpectedly turns up at the wedding. Meanwhile, Guy, the photographer (Jean-Paul Rouve), seems more interested in the wedding snacks than in his job.

And we haven’t even mentioned the ‘small’ requests and ideas that the groom has in mind, including a floating surprise that is the film’s biggest generator of sustained belly laughs.

This is a zippy and zinger-filled affair offering carefully crafted character comedy, hilarious slapstick, a cute love story or two, as well as some solid musical moments.

– Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

 


Olivier Nakache et Eric Toledano (Intouchables, Samba) signent l’euphorisant Le Sens de la fête. La comédie met en scène Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri), traiteur proche de la retraite, chargé d’orchestrer un mariage dans un sublime château. Mais à quelques heures de la soirée, les catastrophes s’enchaînent...

Une troupe de comédiens français éclectique et joyeuse constitue une brochette de personnages géniaux : le patron dépassé et généreux, le photographe lourdingue, le chanteur ringard, le marié prétentieux, le beau-frère dépressif. Et une bande de bras cassés ultra-attachants. On rit toutes les trente secondes dans ce film rythmé par un compte à rebours, des échanges hilarants et une musique de jazz trépidante.

Le Sens de la fête, c’est une succession de sketches menés à cent à l’heure. Mais c’est aussi une histoire de solidarité, qui déborde de tendresse et d’humanité.

– Catherine Balle, Le Parisien

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