o Nick-Davis.com: Our Happy Lives
Our Happy Lives
aka Nos vies heureuses
First screened in May 2020
Director: Jacques Maillot. Cast: Marie Payen, Camille Japy, Cécile Richard, Sami Bouajila, Eric Bonicatto, Jean-Michel Portal, Sarah Grappin, Olivier Py, Alain Beigel, Frédéric Gélard, Jalil Lespert, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Fanny Cottençon, Marc Chapiteau. Screenplay: Jacques Maillot and Éric Veniard.

Twitter Capsule: Recursive soap opera tracks shifts and conflicts among loose web of Parisians. By no means bad—but up for a Palme?

Second Capsule: The cast has no true standouts—it's a real ensemble piece—but one can imagine more charismatic groups to follow, especially for 140 minutes.

VOR:   Contrast to Winterbottom's Wonderland is instructive; that film has a related but sharper photographic style, less impulse to tackle Issues.

Photo © 1999 Magouric Productions/Groupe TSF/Idea Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

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