Everything smiles on us: A comedy with chiseled writing [critique]

Finally, a bittersweet comedy about the couple and the family that avoids hackneyed clichés! The big winner of the Alpe d’Huez Festival 2020 is finally released in theaters.

Films about couples with parents in crisis, one gets the impression that French cinema does just that. The difference here is that it is successful! And even better, Everything Smiles surprises us. With classic starting ingredients (dad, mom, three children, lovers and time passing), Mélissa Drigeard (Never on the first night) manages to concoct a neo-vaudeville where the tragic points under the humor of heartbreaks. All the characters find themselves behind closed doors in a settling of scores that is as surreal as it is explosive. The director and her screenwriter Vincent Juillet thwart the pitfalls of the genre to offer chiseled and impactful dialogues to their interpreters. Elsa Zylberstein and Stéphane De Groodt complement each other perfectly and give their couple in crisis an astonishing authenticity. Including when they start to winnow their younger son not really smart. At their side, we find two tragic figures who come to propel the film into a dimension as touching as it is deeply sincere. That of the dying patriarch, interpreted with few words and a lot of mastery by Guy Marchand and that of the unmarried sister whose magnificent monologue Emilie Caen delivers with class. Be warned, we do not twist laughing in front of Everything smiles on us but we come out, moved, with the desire to love our family and to tell them so. He did not steal his raid of rewards at the Alpe d’Huez comedy film festival 2020: Special jury prize and double interpretation prize for Elsa Zylberstein and Stéphane De Groodt.

By Mélissa Drigeard. With Elsa Zylberstein, Stéphane De Groodt, Guy Marchand … Duration: 1h41. Release October 20, 2021

Leave a Reply