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Tiff Review: ‘C’est la vie!’ is an Uproarious Comedy of Errors from ‘The Intouchables’ Duo

I went into Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s latest film C’est la vie! knowing nothing about it. My assumption from their two previous works, Intouchables and Samba, was that it would prove a charmingly funny dramedy tinged with relevant politics and racial complexity. Well, I was wrong. Whereas the latter film honed in on the former’s politics, this one strips them away completely to focus solely on the comedy. The result is an uproariously contemporary riff on Robert Altman’s underrated classic A Wedding. While it doesn’t spread out quite so large a net—focusing almost exclusively on wedding planner Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and his eccentric crew—it still wonderfully distills the fiscal and logistical absurdity of such formally traditional celebrations with biting satire, broad pratfalls, and expertly rendered caricature to its essence.

They don’t ease us in either as the tone immediately reveals itself.
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Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into 'Midnight in Paris'

Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into 'Midnight in Paris'
There are a whopping nine films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. And between your work, family, and constant USA marathons of Law & Order: Svu (when will those ever stop being addictive?!), you simply may not have time to catch all nine in the theaters or at home. But never fear, dear PopWatchers — that’s why we’re here! Each day leading up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, we’ll provide you with a deep dive into one of the nine Best Picture nominees. Fear showing up to your Oscars party unprepared to discuss the year’s most notable films?
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A Who's Who Of Midnight In Paris

A Who's Who Of Midnight In Paris
In Woody Allen's most recent whimsical screen romance, young American couple Gill and Inez (Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams) find themselves in Paris, the city of Gill's creative, romantic and all-pervading fantasies. Trouble is, all of Gill's aspirations are based on the city of the 1920s and, fair enough, could there be any time and place more glamorous or evocative?

This is solved, in typical Woody Allen fashion, by Gill's transportation, via a stylish vintage jalopy, into the 1920s of his dreams and encounters with a bunch of iconic characters, sent to guide, advise and distract our contemporary wanderer.

To celebrate the DVD release of Midnight in Paris, for which Allen has already won a Golden Globe for the screenplay, and for which he's currently in receipt of Oscar nominations for writing and directing, here's the Huffington Post UK’s quick Dinner Party Guide to just five of the
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Midnight In Paris: Woody Allen’s Biggest Oscar Hopeful in Over Two Decades?

Woody Allen’s 41st feature film in 45 years of directing somewhat surprisingly became the biggest box office hit of his career, grossing $56 million in the Us and was thought to have enough mainstream potential to be released in the UK soon after its Stateside run (usually us Brits have to wait a full year before the latest Woody Allen film is released and even then almost always on a limited run). Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray release in the Us and coming out in the UK on the 6th February 2012, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at this film, which upon release had a fair amount of Oscar hype, and see how it holds up.

Overall it’s one of Woody’s most optimistic films of recent times, its story centres around Owen Wilson’s character Gil – a Hollywood hack screenwriter – feeling out of place in his surroundings,
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Midnight In Paris – The Review

Woody Allen makes a film annually and every few years critics latch on to his latest work and declare it his “comeback”, or his “best in years”. That seems to be the case with his latest, the romantic comedy Midnight In Paris. It is a great film but I think that Allen’s been on a roll. His last two films Whatever Works, and You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, were two of his very best (both high on my top ten lists of the past two years), and while I don’t think the new one is as good as either of those, it’s highly recommended.

Midnight In Paris stars Owen Wilson as Gil, a screenwriter and self-described “Hollywood hack” who is tackling his first novel, about a man who runs a nostalgia shop. An apt subject since Gil himself is nostalgic about the past, particularly Paris in the 1920s,
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Midnight In Paris Review: Yes We Can-Can-Can!

  • Pajiba
I haven't cared much for Woody Allen since he decided to become a continental. Nothing against Europeans, it's just that Woody Allen really isn't one, no matter how hard he's trying. He's slowly been drifting eastwards, starting in London, then doing up Barcelona, and now he's moved on to Paris. He still fills his films with social commentary and kvetching Americans, only now, they're doing their bitching among scenic European backdrops. Allen's got a skewed view of romance -- and that's not even taking into account his current marriage to the adoptive daughter of his estranged ex-girlfriend. (Soon-Yi and Woody have been together nearly 15 years. That's almost how old she was when they met! Mazeltov!) His films are always filled with this caustic chemistry -- lovers who seem to be lovers because they're the two who happen to kiss on screen, otherwise embroiled in innocent little spats and disagreements. When
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Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Directed by: Woody Allen

Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates

Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: June 3, 2011 (Portland)

Plot: Gil (Wilson) and his fiancee (McAdams) travel to Paris. Gil loves the allure of the city and on once magical night he travels back to classic Paris in the 1920s.

Who’S It For? If you love Woody Allen, you see everything and this will be included. If you like Woody Allen, this falls under his “good” category. If you don’t like Woody Allen, please rewatch Annie Hall. Also, if you’ve wanted Wilson to do something of substance (yes, Hall Pass, I’m offending you) than this one is for you.

Overall

Midnight in Paris is a dream Woody Allen, and most importantly you, won’t want to wake up from. This is classic Woody Allen with a lovely twist. Gil
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