Olivier Nakache, the co-director of Le sens de la fête/c’est la vie remembered what Billy Wilder said about whenever he was sad he used to write a comedy. This is what he wanted to do with fellow-director Eric Toledano at a time when the world is experiencing so many tragedies. It’s also the genre that they feel most comfortable in, as they remain faithful to a style of humour that also contains touches of melancholy. “We see the film as a dramatic comedy, or a comic drama,” they point out.
All this was already conveyed in Intouchables that was such a big hit when it was shown in San Sebastián, and once again we can find the same ingredients in their latest film. They recreate a choral world of characters, although these are led by the actor Jean- Pierre Bacri, who also actively contributed to the script and dialogues, according to Toledano and Nakache.