C'est la vie! (2017 film)

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

C'est la Vie!
Film poster
Directed byOlivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
Produced byNicolas Duval Adassovsky
Laurent Zeitoun
Yann Zenou
Written byOlivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
StarringJean-Pierre Bacri
Gilles Lellouche
Jean-Paul Rouve
Vincent Macaigne
Alban Ivanov
Music byAvishai Cohen
CinematographyDavid Chizallet
Edited byDorian Rigal-Ansous
Release date
  • 5 July 2017 (2017-07-05)
Running time
100 minutes
Budget$17.1 million[1]
Box office$27.7 million[2]


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, rebellious waiters, a demanding, egocentric groom, iffy electrical system, 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 80% based on 30 reviews, and an average rating of 6.8/10.[5]


  1. JP. "Le Sens de la fête (2017)". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. "Le sens de la fête". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  3. Fleming, Mike Jr. (25 July 2017). "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  4. Bradshaw, Peter (11 September 2017). "C'est la Vie! review – underpowered party planner comedy that offers little to chew on". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  5. "C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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