Long Live Life

1984 [FRENCH]

Comedy / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 6.1 10 459

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December 13, 2022 at 08:13 PM

Director

Top cast

Charlotte Rampling as Catherine Perrin
Anouk Aimée as Anouk
Jean-Louis Trintignant as François Gaucher
720p.BLU
1017.71 MB
1280*544
French 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 50 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gridoon2022 5 / 10

A weird, intriguing, but unsatisfying film

"Viva La Vie!" can be described as a lot of things - mystery, sci-fi, pro-nuclear disarmament statement, espionage - but what it is above all is a hoax. After an apocalyptic grabber of an opening, director Claude Lelouch appears as himself and requests from the audience not to spoil the film for those who have not seen it yet; there are indeed many surprises in "Viva La Vie!", but the last one - which, essentially, is a SPOILER "it was all a dream" type of ending END SPOILER - does not leave the viewer with a feeling of satisfaction; it most likely leaves him or her with a feeling of emptiness. The film still contains some intriguing concepts, images and sounds, and is well acted by a top French cast, but it's more of an odd curiosity than a successful cinematic experiment. ** out of 4.

Reviewed by un_samourai 9 / 10

Reminded me somewhat of Charlie Kaufman's scripts.

First off, the IMDb rating is criminal. 'Viva La Vie' should be averaging in the highest 7's IMO. On the positive side, going in with such low expectations, I was floored by how cool, and progressive this film is, and it's given me another under-exposed, excellent film to prosthelytize about to fellow film fans.

It's a fascinating film that I'd highly recommend to art house film lovers. I watched this film with a friend who is a fellow cinema fan, who can reasonably often have a different opinion than me on films. He loved it too, and we were both puzzled at the super low average this film has received.

I guess you could say that some people would be a little lost trying to decipher this film, but most should have no problem what so ever. To me, there are Charlie Kaufman qualities to this script. It keeps you guessing what is illusion and what is reality.

The Criterion Collection needs a few Claude Lelouch films, and this one is a prime candidate of a hidden gem. 'Le Voyou' would be a good pick as well. One doesn't want to know much about the plot going in, and Claude Lelouch actually turns up in the film to urge viewers to not spoil it for people who haven't yet seen the film.

Reviewed by TimG-2 9 / 10

Underrated highlight of the French cinema

After four minutes of this enigmatic French movie its director Claude Lelouch himself appears on the screen. In a radio interview he insists that one should watch his new film without knowing anything about the story. So I won't tell either what is exactly happening in "Viva la vie!". Nonetheless, I'd like to give a few hints: It is a mixture of thriller, mystery and sci-fi. In a broader sense it has to do with the fear of a nuclear holocaust which is quite typical of the 1980s. This movie is a strange puzzle: Not before the end titles you will be able to put the pieces together which Lelouch has scattered in front of you during the last 105 minutes. After circa one hour you might ask: What on earth is it all about? Don't worry, you'll find the answer in the end. But to recapitulate the story which you'll then see in a different light, at least one further watching will be necessary.

Considering the baffling story as well as the row of good actors (Piccoli, Rampling, Trintignant…), "Viva la vie!" is an underrated highlight of the French cinema in the 80s. 9/10

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