Merci la vie

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Comedy drama

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Wheeling a supermarket trolley full of seagulls, shy, sexually inexperienced Camille (Gainsbourg) comes across Joëlle (Grinberg), a none- too-virginal abandoned bride seen by Camille as a gift from heaven. The pair embark on a series of raucous, sometimes violent and often funny (mis)adventures with variously exploitative, lecherous and pathetic men: fathers, film-makers, a doctor (Depardieu), a Nazi officer (Trintignant). Is it all really happening, or just a movie, or simply Camille's dream? Snazzily shot, wittily performed and structured, Buñuel-fashion, according to the logic of a dream, this bizarre blend of road movie, comedy, psychodrama and various other genres shifts with wayward glee not only between times - the present (?) and WWII - but between colour, black-and-white and monochrome tints. Lending some coherence is a sense that every age has its crises (AIDS, the Holocaust), that life is shit; but Blier's precise intentions are finally unfathomable.
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UK release:

1991

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118 mins

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johnsosm

I saw "Merci la Vie" in French only, and I don't know French. I look forward to seeing it again to find out what everyone is saying, but in the meanwhile I was so impressed with this odd, beautiful film that the only thing to do was to search for a review, and ending up writing one for a movie only seen once- so far. "Merci la Vie" is the most interesting anf most visually stunning film I've seen in some time. It goes without saying that Anouk Grinberg and Charlotte Gainsbourg are magnificent, but it should be mentioned that the whole cast is of the same very high quality. This is one of those films in which every frame matters, and every frame is a work of art. There is no fluff or filler, just pure art and magic..and I was immediately entranced with this movie because it is both beautiful and unique, both real and surreal, even without knowing the story or understanding the dialogue. Although Mercila Vie" is completely unlike the only other two-women-on-the-road movies I've seen, "Thelma and Louise" in most, I couldn't help thinking that If Lewis Carroll had written,"Thelma and Louise" and Salvador Dali and Alfred Hitchcock had directed and produced it, it would be rather like "Merci la Vie". Five of five stars..

johnsosm

I saw "Merci la Vie" in French only, and I don't know French. I look forward to seeing it again to find out what everyone is saying, but in the meanwhile I was so impressed with this odd, beautiful film that the only thing to do was to search for a review, and ending up writing one for a movie only seen once- so far. "Merci la Vie" is the most interesting anf most visually stunning film I've seen in some time. It goes without saying that Anouk Grinberg and Charlotte Gainsbourg are magnificent, but it should be mentioned that the whole cast is of the same very high quality. This is one of those films in which every frame matters, and every frame is a work of art. There is no fluff or filler, just pure art and magic..and I was immediately entranced with this movie because it is both beautiful and unique, both real and surreal, even without knowing the story or understanding the dialogue. Although Mercila Vie" is completely unlike the only other two-women-on-the-road movies I've seen, "Thelma and Louise" in most, I couldn't help thinking that If Lewis Carroll had written,"Thelma and Louise" and Salvador Dali and Alfred Hitchcock had directed and produced it, it would be rather like "Merci la Vie". Five of five stars..