The original French title of this movie is Le sens de la fête, perhaps best translated as ‘the point of the party’. They marketed this movie to the English speaking world as C’est la vie!, ‘that’s life’. Quite a step down from the original title.
In Slovakia the title was ‘as long as the wedding doesn’t part us’. Still better than ‘c’est la vie!’
This movie sees some excellent acting. The characters are fun. Some, like the groom named Pierre, are so obnoxious because they are all too real. We’ve all met people like this. Hell, we’ve all been like that at some point. Petty, self-involved, narcissistic, vain, oblivious to others’ perspective.
Some characters are endearingly sweet, stupid, shy and frustrated, but somehow trying to make the best out of things. Just like most people.
The actors are all too human. They make a fuss about little things that should really not matter to people, but they somehow do.
An essential theme in this movie, is authenticity. Almost all the characters are trying to hide something major, like an affair, or something to do with their career or their lack of talent. So much of human interaction is fake. The movie is almost about how people’s fear of shame makes it impossible for them to be honest, even about the most insignificant things. Fear of shame is probably the strongest and most restricting emotion human beings have.
The only problem with the movie is that a lot of scenes have the true potential to be funny but do not pack enough of a punch to really be hilarious or memorable. Eventually it doesn’t go far enough, it doesn’t get hysterical enough.
On the bright side, if you love French, the language is remarkable. You hear more insults in this one movie than in twenty years of polite living. The acting is inspired, the setting – a French castle – is interesting. And if you have the least bit of entrepreneurship in your blood you’ll be fascinated by how the catering business works and the world of problems that need to be overcome.
The movie falls short of being truly memorable, but the main character, the aging event manager, has enough facets and funny, deadpan delivery, to keep you entertained from start to finished.