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|Originaltitel:||Le sens de la fête|
|Regie:||Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 116 Min|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
For decades Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) has been an absolute professional when it comes to organizing weddings. Even the most extravagant wishes can be realized by the wedding planner, which is why the wedding of the somewhat strenuous Pierre (Benjamin Lavernhe) and the shy Helena (Judith Chemla) in a stately home just outside Paris should actually be a routine job. But on this day, everything that can go wrong goes wrong. An all too temperamental assistant, an arrogant musician, spoiled food, a photographer who doesn't leave out a single penny and even private problems make this day a hell for Max. Now it remains to be seen whether he can be a full professional in such a situation or whether it's time to quit his job…
With "Das Leben ist ein Fest" the directing duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have landed a new direct hit after their surprise success "Ziemlich beste Freunde". While in their last film "Heute bin ich Samba" they had tried a little too tense to combine the success formula of their international blockbuster with political relevance, which led to an inconsistent mix of comedy and drama, here again they concentrate entirely on offering the audience many laughs with a high feel-good factor. Surely, the class of "Pretty best friends" is not reached here again. But this is also due to the fact that its story was simply so special and stirring that an audience of millions was not only well entertained by it, but also deeply touched emotionally.
That is missing in "Life is a feast" and should not be expected, otherwise a certain disappointment could arise. Rather, the movie is pure comedy with wonderful characters and very well observed situation comedy. Some gags overshoot the mark and at the finale it gets a little too silly at times. But in most moments the turbulent comedy is just a lot of fun. Even though a lot of things are clearly overdrawn, most of the characters somehow seem to be taken from life. This creates a certain recognition value for the audience, which intensifies the comedy.
Toledano and Nakache serve their audience a large portion of light entertainment. Yes, this is not particularly demanding and does not really leave a lasting impression. But - and this is especially in times of constant bad news in the daily news - with their film they offer an entertaining escape from reality, which in the end shows impressively: "Life is a feast" - and that should be celebrated every now and then. A charming, really funny feel-good comedy with good actors, some very funny ideas and a good dubbing. But the bottom line is clear: Absolutely worth seeing!
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