Love Is Better Than Life

L'amour c'est mieux que la vie

Director: Claude Lelouch
Country: France

International Premiere
2021 | 115 min. | French
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Sandrine Bonnaire, Gérard Darmon, Ary Abittan, Xavier Inbona, Philippe Lellouche, Kev Adams, Béatrice Dalle Screenplay_ Claude Lelouch Camera_ Maxime Héraud Producer_ Claude Lelouch, Laurent Dassault Rights_ Metropolitan Filmexport

The best way to live is in the present: in his 50th film, Claude Lelouch focuses on serene moments of old age and divine intervention.

The latest love roundelay by our guest of honor begins with fireworks. Claude Lelouch gives us a panoramic view of Paris, a city in uproar. While looking at the current political climate, he also looks back at his own work. The themes of the comedy are revealed in a hilarious confrontation between two policemen and Jesus: past vs. future opportunities, the joy vs. the curse of memory, duty vs. free choice. At the center of it all are three crooks, whom Jesus also met once upon a time, riding a taxi out of jail. Their friendship is one of the film’s beating hearts. The other is a love contrived out of friendship – the last love for a terminally ill man who thought he was finished with life. A film as free as the jazz that carries it along.


Claude Lelouch, born in 1937, is receiving a tribute at the IFFMH in 2021. His best-known works include ›A Man and a Woman‹ and ›Les Uns et les Autres‹. He has won many awards, including the Palme d'Or at Cannes and an Oscar. His latest film is dedicated to his actors.


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