Nice and Easy : flat-sharing, couch potatoes, and idleness as a life goal

Twenty nine year old Sebastien has just one ambition in life: to do nothing. His horizon extends no farther than his sofa. He doesn’t want to live his life, merely contemplate it. But in this society if you do nothing, you are nothing, so he is going to have to do... a little. Depicting a generation which endlessly postpones its passage to adulthood, continually moving from studies to internships or dead-end jobs, in Nice and Easy French director Benjamin Guedj follows Sebastien and his two flatmates who spend their time trying to do as little as possible. Something which maybe isn’t that rare, but is not often portrayed.  

In the tradition of the generational comedies of the 90s by Cédric Klapisch, such as  Good Old Daze or The Spanish Apartment, but also of its big American brothers (think of Clerks by Kevin Smith or Slacker by Richard Linklater), Nice and Easy, set in 2010, cleverly plays off youthful enthusiasm against the credos of contemporary society which are work, ambition and career. The tone is fresh and carefree, but the flippant storyline allows the unobtrusive examination of some quite important questions in contemporary European society, such as job sharing and office life.

The film, which is adapted from the novel Nice and Easy by Romain Monnery, features a particularly illustrious cast of rising stars which bring a new onstage presence, be it in sketches on the television channel Canal+ or on the big screen: Baptiste LecaplainCharlotte Le Bon and Félix Moati. Whilst the Quebec actress is just starting out in her international career and has notably appeared in Bastille Day by James Watkins and will soon be seen beside Christian Bale in The Promise by Terry George, Félix Moati, who won the Cesar for Most Promising Actor in 2013 for his role in Pirate TV by Michel Leclerc won the Jury’s Favourite Award at the Alpe d’Huez International Comedy Film Festival for his performance in Nice and Easy.

Last but not least is the delightful secondary role of the crazy Job Centre advisor, full of humanity faced with these young guys who are more indolent than unemployed, played by Denis Podalydès (who has already appeared in the comedy The Dandelions by Carine Tardieu, available on video on demand since 2015).

You can watch this comedy, a veritable ode to laziness, from your sofa on video on demand from September 5, along with seven other Comedies à la carte

Nice and Easy – Trailer:

 

02 September 2016, by Cineuropa

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