Reactions to Everything Went Fine

Everything Went Fine achieved an overall appreciation score of 87.2%. Many members found this well filmed and challenging; while a minority found it depressing and predictable. Some of the comments submitted:

  • Sensitive portrayal of challenging area. Remarkably absorbing story. Realistic about the emotional and practical challenges too. Like the recent Mr Bates & Post Office drama, this film shows how good dramatisation of the human angle can really add to our understanding.
  • Such style – more French films please, & especially more Sophie Marceau please.
  • So well filmed but with sensitivity and humour, as well. Great acting from the main players.
  • Very well acted and a sensitive treatment of a situation which is very much in the news these days. There were also some humorous moments and it wasn’t over sentimentalised.
  • This was an excellent film, with wonderful performances, especially from Andre Dussollier and Sophie Marceau. It was subtle and nuanced in depicting the family tensions that emerged in the aftermath of Andre’s stroke, and the bureaucratic difficulties of arranging an assisted suicide. It was a life-affirming film, despite it’s theme.
  • Very moving, facing up to the awfulness of the end of life. Brilliant acting and directing.
  • Two towering central performances and a whole cast of spot on interesting other characters, even down to the two ambulance drivers at the end, or the distinctive looking, attentive family lawyer, or the puzzling Gerard brandishing his newly acquired Patek Phillippe, or the careful, and precise speaking assisted dying lady. Needless to say, a moving and funny all round masterpiece.
  • An unsentimental take on what is otherwise a thorny subject of assisted dying. I thought the film’s lack of ethical and moral discourse on the subject is somewhat ‘cold’ at first, but I soon appreciated the superb acting of the casts. Each character reacted differently in relation to the father’s decision, thus conveying deep seated familial dynamics succinctly. The subtleties in emotional expressions and gesture better captured the realism of how these characters would cope under the circumstances – and often, grief (impending or otherwise) is paradoxically a display of sadness mixed in with humour. It speaks too to the complexities of when one’s lust for life give way to a state of having had enough despite living a good life. I was not sure how I feel about euthanasia since the dying father is recovering nicely rather than living a horrendous existence devoid of dignity. But that speaks more to my own bias as such decision is overwhelmingly personal.
  • Usual Francois Ozon: gentle and pleasant to watch, despite the subject that might be painful for many to watch.
  • A fairly banal treatment of the euthanasia dilemma.
  • Raw, witty, highly believable drama. Brilliantly written and performed. For me, perhaps it’s greatest strengths were sometimes it’s biggest weaknesses. The film ends when the lead character’s father dies. There’s no Hollywood ending, no ‘epilogue’ where we see how she’s coping weeks/months later, nor do we see the sort of British/American ending where she scatters his ashes and finds some degree of solace/closure. Personal taste perhaps, but maybe I needed that kind of ending, the one we received was maybe a tad jarring (but fits with the ‘real’ feeling/sense of the film). Perhaps my biggest criticism is the fact that the lead character’s father wasn’t a pleasant guy. Compare it to a film like The Worst Person in The World, where you route for the characters and feel both sympathy and empathy for them, at times I felt quite disdainful towards the father and the way he treated those around him. He was cantankerous, mean, cynical, selfish, and even towards the end, showed no remorse or compassion towards those he constantly hurt. For me, this could’ve been a great film had it provoked more positivity towards its characters.
  • A really interesting and enjoyable film. Not at all depressing as the idea of it threatened. The funny moments carried it through. I have to say that the Frenchness of it – the slickness, perfect interiors and dress etc along with the brilliant health service – were a little cloying. Could a film like this be made in Britain I wonder?
  • Storyline made it a difficult watch at times and was rather melancholy. However was very well acted and dealt with topical issues.
  • No surprises. exactly as expected. Very predictable.
  • What an utterly depressing film for a dark and cold January evening. Surely there is a great South American offering with sunny skies and pacey storyline to choose to uplift and entertain us?
  • Another not very cheerful subject!