C’est La Vie screens at the Vernon Towne Cinema March 4. (Morning Star file photo)

Okanagan Screen Arts presents quintessential French ensemble

C’est La Vie screens March 4

Bonnie Anderson/Special to the Morning Star

The Okanagan Screen Arts Society presents C’est La Vie, Monday, March 4 at the Vernon Towne Cinema.

This is a finely tuned, very French ensemble piece written by Guy Bellinger and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Starring Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Judith Chemla and Jean-Paul Rouve, this film is a mad farce with plenty of big laughs and is a pleasure to watch.

Pierre, (Benjamin Lavernhe) is a rich and arrogant bridegroom who is marrying Héléna (Judith Chemla) and he demands that his wedding party, which is being held in a sumptuous French 17th-century castle located in a beautiful park, be the first rate.

Pierre wants to be assured that everything will go according to plan so he has retained the services of Max Angély (Jean-Paul Bacri). Max is an experienced but disgruntled caterer who is doing his last wedding event and is just trying to make it through the night.

Related: Vernon rolls out the red carpet for Oscars

Related: Oscars without a host

Max assures Pierre that this will all go off without a hitch, but Max neglects to tell Pierre that his team is not absolutely above reproach. Max has to deal with a team of offbeat characters including his girlfriend, and close collaborator, who is on the verge of breaking up with him and is flirting outrageously with a young server on the team. Max faces numerous hilarious obstacles such as a second-rate entertainer, James, (Gilles Lellouche ) replacing the professional DJ that had been hired; Guy (Jean-Pierre Rouve), the wedding photographer, who is a free-loading has been; a depressed waiter who once dated the bride; a volatile assistant who causes constant turmoil; and additional waiters who are quite inefficient. In spite of all the setbacks, Max manages to make it all come together as his motto is “always adapt!”

This is an expertly assembled cast of characters who carry the movie from one hilariously surreal situation to another leaving the audience in tears of laughter. In this day and age where everything is taken so seriously, totally enjoying this bubbly and charming adventure should be guilt-free.

Show times are 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. Pre-show intro by resident filmmaker Matt McDowell. Enjoy live music in the lobby before the early show courtesy of Les Copeland. Cash wine bar open for both shows. Advance tickets available at the Towne Cinema box office and Expressions of Time bookstore.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Animals seized from North Okanagan property

Animals to be seized not yet confirmed

Vernon eco-friendly home tour builds support for students

Canadian Federation of University Women host fifth annual fundraiser

Westwold stars in thriller film

Beyond the Woods set to release in June 2019

Fire destroys pickup: Vernon Fire Rescue

A vehicle is a total write off after a late night fire, the Fire Department says

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Rainy days ahead

Rain in the forecast until Wednesday

VIDEO: Fire contained to garage beside East Kelowna house

Garage is fully involved, say firefighters

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

RV lifestyle comes to the Okanagan

BC Interior RV Show returns to Penticton for the eighth year

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

‘Cowardly acts’ towards homeless continue in Osoyoos

RCMP confirm they are investigating two incidents of assault on a homeless person

Most Read