Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
There are exactly 11 different slices of life in this comedic look primarily at the French and their mores. The series of 11 vignettes vary in length, in hilarity, in quality, and in content. In the segment on the changing culture of Paris, a French housewife has adapted to her neighborhood, dressing like an African and renaming her son Mohammed, she insists on the liberality of the neighborhood because the French (assuming erroneously that ethnic minorities are not also French) are accepted there. In another vignette, an average (gay) couple is interviewed on television about the social climate in their region. Other segments have varying success in their attempt to parody the world at large, making Tranches de Vie a somewhat uneven effort in the end.