Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter)

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Sabine Azéma, Hippolyte Girardot, Caroline Silhol, Sandrine Kiberlain

Fri 24 Apr 7.30pm      Book Now

Duration: 108mins
AGE Rating: Cert 12A
Adults £6
Under 15s £4

French-language film with subtitles (French title Aimer, boire et chanter).

Based on the Alan Ayckbourn play (which the Sinodun Players are putting on earlier in the month), this 2014 comedy drama is directed by Alain Resnais, who preserves the original setting of Yorkshire, despite the dialogue being in French!, but uses a series of painted curtains and simple props to provide a schematic representation of gardens, trees, or facades of houses to invoke a theatrical experience.

In Yorkshire, three couples (Kathryn and Colin, Tamara and Jack, Monica and Simeon) are shattered by the news that their mutual friend George Riley is fatally ill and has only a few months left. Thinking how best to help him, they invite him to join their amateur dramatic group, but rehearsals bring their past histories to the surface. When George decides to have a last holiday in Tenerife, each of the women wants to accompany him, and their partners are in consternation.