Directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano, starring Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche and Suzanne Clément
This was my second last TIFF film, a 9am showing after a late night, and it was worth waking up early for. The programmers really picked a good one to end the festival on a positive note.
I love films that centre around food. Who’s Killing the Great Chefs of Europe was a childhood favourite of mine. I would love to see someone remake it now that we have so many chef competition shows. That film was before it’s time. Someone could really have fun with it today. There is something particularly ridiculous about the stress and competition around creating the ultimate in perishable delights.
C’est La Vie is a crowd pleaser that centres around a grand wedding reception at a Chateau outside of Paris. The affair is being managed by an event and catering firm led by Max who is at a crossroads in his career and life, considering selling his business. The firm has been employed by “Groomzilla” and his fiancé. The groom has requested a 17the century period theme, like Versailles, and the staff are required to wear period costumes complete with dusty old white wigs. While Max’s goal is to put his best foot forward and deliver perfection, the cast of characters employed to work for him at the event are not always synchronized with his approach to the affair and lots goes wrong of course. I won’t spoil the laughs for you, and there are many. The groom gets the biggest laughs, but enough, you need to watch for yourself.
This film has lots of charm and is easy to sit through. Sometimes we need these films to soothe the worried brain. They say laughter is the best medicine and the world could certainly use more comedy in film these days. This one is being added to my list of rewatchables for when I need to feel love in the world and laugh my head off.