C'est la vie! (2017 film)

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C'est la Vie!
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Film poster
Directed by Éric Toledano
Olivier Nakache
Written by
  • Éric Toledano
  • Olivier Nakache
Produced by
CinematographyDavid Chizallet
Edited byDorian Rigal-Ansous
Music by Avishai Cohen
Release date
  • 5 July 2017 (2017-07-05)
Running time
117 minutes
Budget$17.1 million [1]
Box office$27.7 million [2]

C'est la Vie! (French : Le Sens de la fête) is a 2017 French comedy film written and directed by Éric Toledano & Olivier Nakache. It was screened in the Gala Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. [3] [4]



Wedding planner/caterer Max is staging a wedding at a 17th-century chateau, in the course of which he must deal with a volatile, often foul-mouthed assistant, missing staff, incompetent waiters, a demanding, egocentric groom, iffy electrical system, a rebellious substitute DJ, and a whole lot more.

Interwoven with his professional woes are his personal ones. He is on a trial separation from his wife and his French grammarian brother-in-law, who is also one of his waiters, is a former admirer of the bride. Max's other assistant is his mistress, who threatens to end their relationship and starts hitting on one of the waiters to prove it. And it's Max's birthday.

At the end of a string of safely negotiated disasters a runaway fireworks display and a crashed electrical system at the height of the event finally make him give up in despair and walk away... only to discover that his staff have surmounted the obstacles to create an outstanding, one-of-a-kind wedding celebration, Le sens de la fête: the meaning of the party.



On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 81% based on 36 reviews, and an average rating of 6.9/10. [5]

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