Calling All Francophiles: Short Film C'EST LA VIE Is Your Dream Come True
Still, it all sounds romantic, right? Well, It is... to a point. But, as C'est La Vie slowly reveals, even the most alluring clichés can start to feel as monotonous as every day life when they're piled on so relentlessly.
That's the message I took from it, anyway. But according to the director Simone Rovellini, my reading is besides the point. Quoth Rovellini, "Movies usually tend to tell a story, pursue an idea, or express emotions. C'est La Vie just aims at taking up a challenge: using as many French words as possible to describe the bizarre habits of a girl named Henriette. And if at the end of the narration you'll find a moral lesson, well, that's going to be a total coincidence."
Meaning or not, the film is certainly the result of considerable passion and dedication from a crew of France-obsessed Italians. It took almost two years of weekend filming in nearly 30 different locations to bring the 5 minute anti-parable to life! And anyway, with sly humor, stylish photography and music that would make Amélie Poulain gush, who needs a "moral lesson"?
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