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And If We All Lived Together? (Et si on vivait tous ensemble?) - Film Review

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by Kassia Byrnes (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer PR assistant and uni student living in Sydney.
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And If We All Lived Tgether? (Et si on vivait tous ensemble?) is a French Film written and directed by Stéphane Robelin, starring Jane Fonda, Guy Bedos and Daniel Brühl (among many other French names I'm not familiar with).

As a film student, it's practically a crime for me to admit that I don't hold French films on the same pedestal the rest of the world seems to. I find they rely too much on being 'taboo' and not enough on substance. Having said that, I haven't given up on them completely, and I'm glad of that because every now and then I'm pleasantly surprised. Such was the case with this film.
Five friends (two couples) find themselves dealing with illness, loss of independence and everything else that comes of ageing. What's the best way to deal with it all? By moving in together.



While I'm quite sure I'm not in the target audience demographic, I still found this film thought provoking and well worth seeing. Robelin finds hilarity in even the most unexpected places and isn't afraid to show people as they are, flaws and all, and still make them good people. This film shows the beauty in friendship and in life, while still finding plenty of time for typical French scandal and nudity.

This film certainly focuses on the story and it'd characters, not so much on beautiful shots and emotive music, so it's definitely not one for people who prefer faster paced films with plenty going on.
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Why? French film with substance
Where: In cinemas
Cost: Check with local cinema
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