Life of Riley

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    Life of Riley

    Aimer, boire et chanter

    Directed by



    108 min

    • French

    Comedy drama

    In the English countryside, the life of three couples is disturbed by a character we shall constantly hear about but never see: the enigmatic George Riley.
    When general practitioner Dr. Colin inadvertently tells his wife Kathryn that his patient George Riley does not have more than a few months to live, he doesn’t know that Riley was Kathryn’s first love. Both spouses, who are rehearsing a play with their local amateur theatre company, convince George to join them. It allows George, among other things, to play strong love scenes with Tamara, who is married to Jack, his best friend, a rich businessman and unfaithful husband. A tearful Jack tries to persuade Monica, George’s wife who left him to be with Simeon the farmer, to go back to her husband in order to support him during his last months.
    George has a strange seductive power over Monica, Tamara and Kathryn, which highly upsets those men sharing their lives with the three women. Which one will George Riley take on holidays in Tenerife with him?


    • Silver Bear, FIPRESCI Prize - Berlinale



    Hippolyte Girardot
    Sabine Azéma
    Michel Vuillermoz
    Caroline Silhol
    André Dussollier
    Sandrine Kiberlain
    Laurent Herbiet
    Alex Reval
    Jean-Marie BessetAdapted from a screenplay by Alan Ayckbourn
    Dominique Bouilleret
    Hervé De Luze
    Mark Snow


    In the end, this film may have nothing more profound to say than 'Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think'.

    Scott Foundas, Variety

    Alain Resnais

    Alain Resnais


    Alain Resnais is a French director and a leader of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) of unorthodox, influential film directors appearing in France in the late 1950s. Born 1922 in Vannes, Resnais first studied acting and graduated from the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC) in Paris. From 1946 to 1948 he directed several artist portraits on 16 mm and made his first feature-length documentary, NIGHT AND FOG, in 1955, for which he received the Prix Jean Vigo. His major works include HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959), LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961) and STAVISKY (1974), MY AMERICAN UNCLE (1980). In the early 90s, he started adapting plays and operettas from the likes of Henri Bernstein (MELO), André Barde & Maurice Yvain (NOT ON THE LIPS), Jean Anouilh (YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET!) or Alan Ayckbourn (SMOKING/NO SMOKING, PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES, LIFE OF RILEY). Throughout his career, his features frequently made rounds within the festival circuit and earned him numerous awards at Venice Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Berlinale. For his latest film, LIFE OF RILEY, he won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize for Best Film during the 64th edition of Berlinale. He passed away on the 1st of March 2014.