C'est La Vie (1990)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age  |   Release Date - Nov 2, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - R
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One might assume that the original title of this French production was C'est La Vie. Wrong: the film was initially released as La Baule-les-Pins, then distributed to English speaking countries under a more "understandable" French cognomen. The film is set during a deceptively idyllic summer. Two young girls are fascinated bystanders as their parents' marriage dissolves and their mother takes up with a younger man. What might have been material for tear-stained drama in an American film is treated with perceptive humor in C'est La Vie. Director Diane Kurys cowrote the screenplay with Alain Le Henry.

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beach, coming-of-age, divorce, family-strife, flashback, love-affair, May-December-romance, resort, Summer