We're not entirely sure if "menopause drama" is an accepted cinematic genre but on the strength of this perceptive and buoyantly hilarious Gallic jewel, perhaps it's about time that we looked into it.
From the opening scenes, an irresistible glow is established. Agnes Jaoui gives a towering central performance as Aurore, who at 50 is starting to wonder is she becoming obsolete and invisible to the world, what with her folded marriage, impending grandparenthood and physical changes taking place.
All this is parked momentarily when she crosses paths with major old flame Totoche (Thibault de Montalembert) and glimmers of regeneration begin to blossom.
This is no mawkish slice of feel-good cheese, not for the most part anyway.
Writer-director Blandine Lenoir (who wrote the film as a response to her own anxiety about an upcoming milestone birthday) colours the screen with an ensemble of characters that, while absurd and comical and tragic in their own ways, all seem to ring true (Pascale Arbillot as Aurore's BFF Mano is a riot). Because of this, there is a beautifully involving aspect to I Got Life! that makes you feel as if you are sitting right at the dinner table among these individuals.
And then there are one or two scenes - such as an opera-filled dinner date at a themed restaurant - that sing with precision, punch and masterful skills of observation. Lenoir sees the absurd in life but also the aching undertows.
By the time the madly romantic denouement is playing out, the overall sensation is that of a celebration of the female spirit in all its beautiful, generous, chaotic, frustrating, determined and courageous wonder.
★★★★★ Hilary A White
Our fabulous Social Night will be on Saturday 9th February - a night of films, food, quizzes and prizes!
Tickets are now available for our forthcoming Social Evening. This will take place on Saturday 9th February at St Mary's Creative Space, starting at 7.30pm. This event is open to all, not just members of the Film Society. Invite your friends along! The evening includes our famous wall quiz, raffle, caption competition and audio quiz. Some great prizes to be won!
Throughout the evening a selection of short films will be shown for your entertainment.
Food is included in the price, and will comprise a variety of curries (including vegetarian option), along with a sweet. Soft drink will also be available free of charge.
Tickets are just £12. Either buy from one of the films or online by clicking the Link below.
TICKETS ARE GUARANTEED TO SELL OUT - MAKE SURE YOU GET YOURS NOW!
Direct link to buy here
We'll be opening up Half Season memberships for all our 2019 films in the current season - that's 8 films for just £20!
Buy for yourself or as a Great Christmas gift for your film fan friend.
Direct link to buy here
Interested in the history of Chester? You can watch a film online for free via BFI,
Step inside the great city walls of Chester and embark on a tour of olde-worlde charm.
Travelogue 1921 14 mins Silent