Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 115 minutes
SIFF Says:From the directors of international sensation THE INTOUCHABLES comes the biggest party of the year. Max Angély (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, mishap-heavy 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.
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