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C’est la vie!

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France | 2017 | 115 minutes | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Providing a sober, chic, and elegant wedding party in a 17th century French palace proves to be a tall order for a beleaguered caterer and his mishap-prone staff in the latest lovable French farce from the filmmaking team behind The Intouchables.

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"This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache."  Boyd van Hoeij - The Hollywood Reporter

From the directors of international sensation The Intouchables comes the biggest party of the year. Max Angely (Jean-Pierre Bacri, The Taste of Others) is an aging, beleaguered caterer at the end of his rope, hoping to sell his business any day now. But first, he has to get through one last minefield of a dinner party, a high-profile wedding at a 17th century French chateau just outside of Paris. And if anything can go wrong, everything will go wrong: the photographer yells at any guest who dares use their cameraphone in his space; the last-minute hire of a DJ keeps making up lyrics to very popular songs; the waiters refuse to wear their ridiculous, period-piece valet costumes and unhygienic powdered wigs; and somebody may be trying to sabotage the meat. On top of everything, Max is navigating a romantic relationship with one of his employees, even though he has yet to leave his estranged wife. As a hectic day moves into a treacherous night, Max must do his best to keep everything "sober, chic, and elegant," all while the specter of an audit looms over his less-than-legal business practices. Not content with being solely a slapstick ensemble comedy, C'est la Vie dips into themes of class, race, and capitalism with skill, cleverly whipping it all up into an irresistible confection.

Director Biography
Olivier Nakache's early professional career was spent as an IT director and accountant, though when he reconnected with childhood friend Eric Toledano, the two became an inseparable force in the arts, and released their first short film in 1995. He is now considered a trailblazer in French cinema and frequently reflects on his own personal experiences in his work.

Like his artistic partner Oliview Nakache, Eric Toledano was not destined for a career in film. He was a student of political sociology but spent a great deal of his childhood in cinemas drawing inspiration from classic films and critically acclaimed directors. After a few years of international travel, he was inspired to create his first short film and has been working as a director and screenwriter ever since.

Sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Seattle, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Immersion School of WA, Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association

  • Original Language Title: Le sens de la fete
  • Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
  • Principal Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche, Vincent Macaigne
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France, Canada, Belgium
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 115 minutes
  • Producer: Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
  • Screenplay: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
  • Cinematographers: David Chizallet
  • Editors: Dorian Rigal-Ansous
  • Music: Avishai Cohen
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Nakache/Toledano:; Samba (2014); The Intouchables (2011); Tellement proches (2009); Those Happy Days (2006); Let's Be Friends (2005)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Gaumont