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C'est la Vie
C'est la Vie
Actors: Nathalie Baye, Julie Bataille, Richard Berry, Zabou Breitman, Jean-Pierre Bacri
Director: Diane Kurys
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
NR     2003     1hr 50min

"Engaging" (The New Republic) "charming" (The New York Times) and "intimate" (The Village Voice) this companion piece to director Diane Kurys' classic French drama Entre Nous is both a sweet lyrical memoir and a vivid reco...  more »


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Actors: Nathalie Baye, Julie Bataille, Richard Berry, Zabou Breitman, Jean-Pierre Bacri
Director: Diane Kurys
Creators: Fabio Conversi, Diane Kurys, Alexandre Arcady, Jean-Bernard Fetoux, Robert Benmussa, Alain Le Henry
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/04/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Coming of age adventure at Brittany's Beaches...
Kim Anehall | Chicago, IL USA | 07/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"During the late 50s Frédérique and Sophie, two sisters 13 and eight years old, are sent with a governess to spend their summer in Brittany. Their parents never disclose why they are not going to Brittany with them, but the secret cannot be kept from the children. As the film unfolds the children commit several shenanigans when failing parental supervision surrounds them, however, one day Frédérique trips on the secret of why the parents did not come with them to Brittany it changes her view of life. C'est La Vie is an interesting "coming of age" film where the audience follows the summer of two young girls containing friends, love, adventure, and betrayal. The story intrigues through humor and tragedy, which ends up being a pleasing cinematic experience."
Entertaing coming of age story
spaceghost413 | Charlotte NC | 04/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this movie back in the mid 90's on Bravo, before it sold out and went commercial. I really enjoyed this film, it is very simple and believable, I felt I was on holiday with this family. This is like as Sunday afternoon movie you would put on and relax and watch."
Gets me every time
M. Thome | Columbus, OH USA | 09/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have watched this movie 3 times. Once with no subtitles, once with the english subtitles, and lastly again without subtitles. I'm sure I'll watch it again. This film is very good, but especially if you have experienced your youth, or adulthood in a similar situation.

*Potential Spoiler*

The scene toward the end when the husband confronts the wife after seeing the coaster, when frederique screams, "je me tuerai!" Its very difficult to watch, but probably the best scene in the film.

A great film, althought serious in nature, could be viewed by the whole family. I recomend though, if you dont understand french you probably wont appreciate the film as much."
Faded Goldfish
Daitokuji31 | Black Glass | 05/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Set in late 1950s France, C'est la Vie is centered upon the loveless marriage shared by the workhorse Michel and his wife Lena who seems to have found a new lover who is almost twenty years her junior. Planning on going to Brittany, France for summer vacation, Lena tricks her children Frédérique and Sophie to go alone to their destination with their young nanny Odette before she and her husband depart. Less than thrilled to be traveling alone with their nanny and disliking the summer home of Mr. Ruffier, who sets up a number of rules and who along with his wife stay in the home's basement, Frédérique and Sophie rebel against Odette by doing such things as ignoring her and tossing their laxatives, it seems their parents want them to poop twice a day, into the fish tank. Their summer might have been truly unbearable if it was not for the fact that their mother's longtime friend Bella and her family had not come to vacation in Brittany.

Frédérique, our narrator, is a budding young woman whose newfound sexuality is slowly seeping into her life mainly through the figure of Bella's son Daniel who she has a major crush on. However, after Daniel kisses her for the first time, she loses interest in him and spends a good portion of her time writing in her diary and playing with her sister Sophie who is busy discovering the differences between male and females with Rene, Daniel's younger brother. Things improve in the vacation home when Lena arrives, but where is Michel? Also, it seems that Jean-Claude, Lena's lover, has proposed to her and asked her to accompany him to America? Will she go?

C'est la Vie is a slow, quiet film depicting a time that has been enveloped by the sands of history. Sexual awakening, divorce, and broken relationships all are major themes within the film, and each are handled with eloquence and poise that is found lacking in many other films that tackle similar themes. A good film for French cinema fans."