TIFF 2017 Movie Review: C’EST LA VIE (LE SENS DE LA FETE) (France 2017) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

C'est la vie! Poster
A hectic wedding party held in an 18th century French castle comes together with the help of the behind-the-scenes staff.

Stars:

Gilles LelloucheSuzanne ClémentJean-Paul Rouve

Directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano can best be remembered for their bubbly comedy LES UNTOUCHABLES.

The target this time is an extravagant wedding at a chateau where all the servers have (and forced to wear) valet costumes including white wigs. The story is told from the point of view of the the wedding caterer manager, Max (Jean Pierre Bacri) a battle-weary veteran of the wedding-planning racket.

This gig turns out to be a hell of a fête, involving stuffy period costumes for the caterers, a vain, hyper- sensitive singer who thinks he’s a Gallic James Brown, and a morose, micromanaging groom determined to make Max’s night as miserable as possible.

His personal life also comes into chaos as Joisette (Xavier Dolan regular Suzanne Clément), seems to have written him off, coolly going about her professional duties while openly flirting with a much younger server. This is an ensemble work, like Robert Altman’s THE WEDDING, but more commercial, more French but less of a biting satire.

The comedic set-ups are funny enough, most of them working and keeping the audience happy with laugh-out loud humour.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Kzarm0hRM
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TIFF 2017 Movie Review: PLONGER (France 2017) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Plonger Poster
A restless photographer leaves her family to “find herself” and takes up deep-sea diving.

Director:

Mélanie Laurent

Writers:

Christophe Deslandes (screenplay), Julien Lambroschini(screenplay)

Stars:

Gilles LelloucheMaría ValverdeIbrahim Ahmed
 

 
PLONGER refers to scuba diving, the sport featured in the film and in the relationship between Paz (María Valverde) is a Spanish photographer seeking adventure and César (Gilles Lellouche), a French war correspondent, but he is now looking for a quieter life.

The two are very different people. They fall in love. Wen Paz is pregnant, their reactions are different. PLONGER looks at birth from a whole different perspective as well as the relationship of the couple.

Though the film centres on Paz, the story is related from the man Cesar’s point of view, which is interesting as this is a female director’s film. Pensive and full of insight despite, PLONGER is well worth a look.

The film is an adaptation of Christophe Ono-dit Biot’s novel of the same name. The film also contains stunning underwater photography.

Trailer: (unavailable at time of writing)

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