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C'est quoi la vie? (1999)

Nicolas works on his father's farm. The work is hard, life is tough and business is not going well, so Nicolas dreams of a different life. One day he agrees to give a woman (Maria) a ride. ... See full summary »

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Nicolas
Jacques Dufilho ...
Noël, le grand-père
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Marc, le père
Isabelle Renauld ...
Maria
Michelle Goddet ...
Monique
Claudine Mavros ...
Laure
Elie Tazartes ...
Patty
Licino Da Silva ...
Rémy
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Pauline
Yves Verhoeven ...
Bruno
Marc Adjadj ...
André
Loïc Pichon ...
Albert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Albouze ...
Père de Rémy
David Bouviala ...
Le Maire
Jocelyne Carmichael ...
Patronne d'epicerie
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Nicolas works on his father's farm. The work is hard, life is tough and business is not going well, so Nicolas dreams of a different life. One day he agrees to give a woman (Maria) a ride. After he has dropped her off, he is more and more intrigued by his feelings for her. Nicolas' life takes different turns, and he meets Maria again. Written by João Ferreira

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8 September 1999 (France)  »

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Co to za zycie?  »

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7 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I caught this movie while flicking through French TV channels while on holiday in France, I don't remember exactly what drew me in to keep watching but I would put it down to the effortless intensity that seeps through this gloriously sparse and innocent film.

The roles of Grandson and Grandpa deserve equal credit for the honesty and simplicity present in two very convincing performances. Not only was a I captivated by the quality of the acting but the cinematography is some of the most impressive I have ever seen on film. "C'est quoi la vie?" can be compared to the sprawling Pagnol classics in which the camera often pays tribute to the beauty of the landscape in order to captivate the viewer.

As far as the screenplay goes, the viewer is left to fill a lot of gaps and figure out various facets to the progression of the story that are sometimes left unfinished. Dialogue is mostly sparse and unbecoming, but anyone who knows the 'country' mentality will know that this is as true to life as possible. I prefer to think that the dynamics of the screenplay were a deliberate attempt to maintain a tasteful level of subtlety and make the viewer work once captivated by the quality seeping through this touching and moving account of real farm life in northern-central France.


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