C’est la Vie

Director(s): Multiple directors
Country: France, Switzerland
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Animation | 2020-2022 | 82 mins
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: 8+ for reading subtitles)

C’est la vie –  After the U.S.A., France is the country that submits the most films and we are glad they do! This reel comprises multiple animated shorts with a wide range of narratives about life. You may relate to some and learn from others. 


AIR – A boy finds another way to join his friends in the water below and experiences a few moments of total freedom.  (2022 / 3 mins / France / dir. Juliette Laboria / French w/English subtitles) 

BIRTH OF AN OASIS (Naissance des oasis) – A snake and a camel develop a friendship that leads to a tale of why you can find an oasis in the middle of a desert.  (2022 / 9 mins / France / dir. Marion Jamault / French w/English subtitles)

THE BOY AND THE ELEPHANT (Le Garçon et l’Eléphant) – The arrival of a new elephant-headed student in class triggers mockery and sarcasm. One of the students seems captivated and disturbed by this strange child. Will he be accepted? (2022 / 6.5 mins / France / dir. Sonia Gerbeaud / no dialogue)

FOR FREEDOM (Pour la liberté) – A little girl lets her tears rise and almost drowns in her sorrow. Little by little, she accepts to bathe in it, to tame it and gives herself the freedom to live her emotions. (2022 / 3 mins / France / dir. Ada Hernaez / French w/English subtitles)

FUNNY BIRDS (Drôles d’oiseaux) – Ellie is entering secondary school in Saumur. Shy and fascinated by nature, and birds, she spends her time with books. Ellie draws the attention of Anna, the school’s librarian. The day when Ellie must absolutely return a book to Anna, she finds the school library closed. Ellie decides to take it back to Anna’s home, a few miles from school, on an island on the Loire River. An island full of birds. (2021 / 30 mins / France / dir. Charlie Belin / in English)

HOW I GOT MY WRINKLES (L’Effet de mes rides) – Claude, a multi-faceted artist passionate about animation, decides to make “his own” film at last, before he turns 70. He embarks with him on this adventure Gaston, his 7-year-old grandson, curious about everything and always on the go, to whom he transmitted his passion for drawing and moving images. (2022 / 12 mins / France / dir. Claude Delafosse / French w/English subtitles)

NO-NO GOES TO SPACE (Non-Non dans l’espace) – Three…Two…One…Go! End of the countdown, it’s time to plant Underwood Springs’ flag on the moon! In a cloud of smoke and sparks, Bigtooth’s rocket leaves the earth’s orbit. Floating in space, No-No, Magaïveur and their friends barely have time to admire the landscapes before a meteorite shower veers them off their initial course and sends them directly … to an unknown planet! Their meeting with Ribbit, a little green creature, will transform this space adventure into an interplanetary story of friendship! (2022 / 26 mins / France / dir. Wassim Boutaleb Joutei / in English)

QUEEN OF THE FOXES (La Reine des Renards) – In the hopes of seeing their queen smile again, a group of foxes rummage through the city’s trash, searching for all the love letters that were never sent. (2022 / 9 mins / Switzerland / dir. Marina Rosset / French w/English subtitles)

SLIPPING AWAY (L’Air de rien) – In a sanatorium by the sea, an old man finds his life transfigured by the arrival of a seagull, that he delicately tames. When the seagull gets wounded, the man takes care of her, and for a brief moment, he returns to boyhood again. (2022 / 14 mins / France / dir. Gabriel Hénot Lefèvre / no dialogue)

THE STRANGER (L’Etranger) – What does this stranger want, blocking the road? In order to find out, no need to shout, just climb up and ask him!  (2022 / 3 mins / France / dir. Hugo Glavier / French with English subtitles)

THE WOLF AND THE DOG (Le Loup et le Chien) – A hungry wolf and a hunting dog have a little tête-à-tête about their daily lives. The dog’s life sounds temptingly luxurious until he is told one thing which makes his life choice easy to decide.  (2022 / 3 mins / France / dir. Héloïse Le Bail / French w/English subtitles)