Merci la vie

Merci la vie is a 1991 French film written and directed by Bertrand Blier. It won the César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and was nominated for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Editing.

Merci la vie
Film poster
Directed byBertrand Blier
Produced byJean-Louis Livi
Written byBertrand Blier
StarringCharlotte Gainsbourg
Anouk Grinberg
Michel Blanc
Jean Carmet
Annie Girardot
Catherine Jacob
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Thierry Frémont
Gérard Depardieu
CinematographyPhilippe Rousselot
Edited byClaudine Merlin
Distributed byAMLF
Release date
  • 13 March 1991 (1991-03-13)
Running time
117 minutes
Box office$7.1 million[1]


Naive schoolgirl Camille Pelleveau meets the slightly older and more experienced Joëlle, a promiscuous woman who has just been thrown out of a car by her abusive boyfriend. Camille follows Joëlle as they go on a rampage where she discovers sex as they pick up men. Joëlle also shows Camille the darker side of life, as they start by crashing the men's cars and then decide to take on the whole town. However, medical researcher Dr. Marc Antoine Worms has invented a sexually transmitted disease and used Joëlle as a guinea pig by infecting her with it, so that he could become famous as the discoverer of its cure. Camille eventually learns about AIDS and fears she may have contracted the disease.

The story involves flashbacks, and in one sequence we learn that Camille's parents are feuding. Illogically, she tries to persuade them to reunite long enough for her conception to take place. The surreal plot and series of stylized scenes is in keeping with postmodern cinema, which challenges the notion of original creative thought.



  1. "Merci la vie (1991)". JP Box Office.

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