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

The new French film starring Jane Fonda

In the mid-1960s, Jane Fonda moved to France, fleeing Hollywood’s expectations and finding a co-conspirator in the form of her first husband, filmmaker Roger Vadim. Now she returns to Gallic cinema for the wry, understated And If We All Lived Together?, Stéphane Robelin’s film about a group of long-time friends entering their final years under one roof, and it is Fonda’s best role in decades. She plays Jeanne, a retired philosophy professor married to Albert (Pierre Richard), and we soon see her pre-planning her own funeral. Fonda’s performance is briskly revealing, capturing the character’s fierce intelligence in the face of life’s limitations. With Albert’s forgetfulness a precursor to Alzheimer’s, and their single friend Claude (Claude Rich) suffering a heart attack and being put in a home by his son, the trio all move into the spacious home of comrades Annie (Chaplin) and Jean (Bedos), where the focus is less on their domestic arrangements than romantic revelations about their long, shared past. Seemingly shot in perpetual summer, the movie lightly covers a great deal of ground, from wondering how the young student radicals of 1968 fare as senior citizens to addressing their latter-day sex lives. The film is a comedy at its heart but the characters are not exploited for laughs and it catches the idiosyncrasies of their lives while offering some spiky considerations. Daniel Brühl plays a German ethnology student studying the communal arrangement while helping around the residence, and his conversations with Fonda are sharply played by both. The movie’s unaffected charm covers the sometimes worrying lack of ambition, but to see Fonda once again light up the screen will be reward enough for some. – Craig Mathieson, The Sydney Morning HeraldOfficial Trailer
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Directed by: 
Stéphane Robelin
Running Time: 
French with English Subtitles
Guy Bedos, Jane Fonda, Daniel Brühl, Geraldine Chaplin,<br>Pierre Richard, Claude Rich
Screenplay by: 
Stéphane Robelin

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