TF1 is broadcasting the TV movie “Christmas on all floors” this evening, with Caroline Anglade, Max Boublil, Lannick Gautry, Marie-Anne Chazel, and even Jarry. A romantic comedy in the vein of “Love Actually” which feels good but lacks originality.
What is it about ?
On Christmas Eve, we want everything to be perfect and often everything escapes us … This is the moment when everyone is brought back to their reality, whether beautiful or complicated. In this building in a Parisian street, Christmas will be a bit special this year … Here, people live together who barely know each other, who whisper little “hello” to each other when taking out their trash or going to work. When the destinies of these excited neighbors, depressed or amazed by the magic of Christmas, intersect and make sparks …
Monday December 13 at 9:05 p.m. on TF1, and already available on Salto
Who is it with?
Telling the daily life of the inhabitants of a building on December 24, Christmas on all floors brings together several stories, all carried by faces well known to viewers.
Caroline Anglade (Save Lisa) and Max Boublil, first of all, camp a couple whose blended family remains weakened by a past tragedy. Marie-Anne Chazel, for her part, plays Nicoletta, a nurse who will live her last day in the hospital, before her retirement, while Tchéky Karyo plays her husband, Georges, who may well discover the spirit of Christmas and put away his grumpy side in the closet in contact with young Samia (Souad Arsane).
In parallel, we also follow the budding love story between Violette (Leslie Medina) and Thomas (Lannick Gautry), a lonely artist and an astronaut on a space mission. The complicated relationship between Lucas (Jarry), a politician unable to come out, and Saïd (Aïssam Medhem, alias Akim in Un Si Grand Soleil). And the attempt of Ouarda (Fatima Adoum), the mother of Samia and Saïd, to create a little bond in this building by organizing a Christmas aperitif in the courtyard. But will she succeed?
Well worth a look ?
In recent years, TF1 has given way to the tradition of Christmas TV films, very popular in the United States, by offering romantic comedies in prime-time punctuated by the magic of the end-of-year celebrations, like Coup de lightning at Christmas, with Julie de Bona and Tomer Sisley, A baby for Christmas, or Love at first sight on a Christmas tune.
And if the collection “Coups de foudre …” seems to have been put on hold due to disappointing audiences, TF1 is not abandoning the romantic Christmas comedies since it offers this evening the unpublished fiction choir Christmas to all the floors, which follows the fates of several characters on Christmas Eve, in the manner of Love Actually, which certainly served as a reference for screenwriters Benjamin Dumont, Benjamin Euvrard, Ingrid Morley Pegge, Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and Léa Coquin.
Without arriving of course at the ankle of the British film worn by Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Keira Knightley, Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s telefilm (Les Jolies things, At your side) can be watched without displeasure and globally brings together all that we waits for such a plot, that is, a big ladle of romance and a few (Christmas) pitfalls to make us believe, for a brief moment, that, perhaps, all will not end well for the locals of this Parisian building.
Despite a big lack of originality, Christmas on all levels should therefore satisfy lovers of romantic comedies. And the TV movie owes a lot to its casting, which gives us a good time. We notably retain the performances of Caroline Anglade and Max Boublil, perfect as a couple on the verge of breaking up, but also of Leslie Medina (Balthazar), Tchéky Karyo, Aïssam Medhem, Fatima Adoum, and Niseema, all very touching in their respective roles. .
And if of course all the intrigues are not equal – some having a hard time to carry us away – we let ourselves be seduced by a few stories of thwarted love. Like the meeting between Violette and Thomas, who fell in love with a dating application, but quickly realized that the sky separated them … since Thomas, played by Lannick Gautry (Fear on the Lake) is a sort of Thomas Pesquet who dreams of love in the stars.
For realism, we’ll come back, but that’s certainly not what you ask of a Christmas romantic comedy after all.