Set over the course of one night in an 18th century French castle, “C’est la vie” chronicles a crazed wedding party from the perspectives of its caterer, photographer and DJ.
Budgeted at $14 million, “C’est la vie” will star Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others”), Vincent Macaigne (“The Two Friends”), Kevin Azais (“Love at First Fight”), Suzanne Clement (“Mommy”), Gilles lellouche (“La French”), Judith Chemla and Jean-Paul Rouve.
Nakache and Toledano are best-known for directing “Intouchables” which grossed $426.6 million worldwide, earned a Golden Globe nomination and launched the international career of Omar Sy.
Like “Intouchables” and “Samba”, “C’est la vie” will carry some social themes such as diversity within French society, although Toledano told Variety the light mood of the film will be closer to “So Happy Together” and “Our Happy Days.”
“It’s a snapshot of contemporary France set in an intense work environment,” Toledano said. Centering on a the making of a wedding was particularly interesting because everyone working on it – no matter who they are or where they come from — plays an essential role in making it run smoothly and they all have to be coordinated, a bit like an orchestra,” said Toledano.
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The co-director pointed out the film will have the humor and upbeat spirit of “The Party,” with the social, humanistic dimension of a film like “A Better Life.”
“C’est la vie” is produced by Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou and Nicolas Duval at Quad Films (“The Intouchables,” “Samba”). Gaumont, which sold both “The Intouchables” and “Samba” worldwide, is co-producing and will launch international sales at Cannes, where they’ll unveil a mood reel on the first day of the market.
Music will play a big part in the movie with an original soundtrack by famed Jazz musician Avishai Cohen, said Toledano.