Life Is Not a Game

A film by Quentin Ménard

2 min - 2021 - France - French 

On a Christmas morning, Jeanette and her grandson are playing Lotto Bingo. They live together and they have stayed up all night. Before going to bed, they play one very last game. The prize: an umpteenth Banco card to scratch. My grandmother tells me "life is not a game”. Behind the scenes, she also tells me " make the most of your life while you can". The camera crystallizes this moment that I never want to forget and which brings me back to the most important thing: spending time with the people I love.

Quentin Ménard 
Quentin Ménard is a french actor who has graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’art dramatique in Montpellier. He is known for having played in the french TV series "SAM", “Scènes de Ménage” and the film “Crime à Aigues-Mortes”. Early 2021, he directs his first short film “Life is not a game” starring himself and his grandmother, Marie-Jeanne Bahuon. “Life is not a game” wins the “Special Jury Recognition” award at the Nikon Film Festival competition (1673 films competing). His short is then broadcasted on BrutX and in several film festivals including the “Short Film Corner” during the Cannes Festival. Quentin and his grandmother have therefore attended the Cannes Festival as special guests, going up the famous red carpet stairs
no less than three times. Quentin was also interviewed by BrutX, next to Pierre Lescure (President of the Cannes Festival), in a video viewed more than 30 000 times. Quentin Ménard is currently editing his second short film and is in the process of writing his third.

The Nikon Jury’s feedback on “Life is not a game":
BrutX interview with Pierre Lescure:
Quentin Ménard’s demo reel:

Festivals and Awards 
Nikon Film Festival 2021 - Mention Spéciale du jury
Sélection au Short Film Corner - Cannes 2021
Sélection aux Arcs (hors compétition catégorie Nikon Film Festival films primés 2021)
Sélection à Saint Jean de Luz (hors compétition catégorie Nikon Film Festival films primés 2021)


Written and directed by : Quentin Ménard
Production : Auto production hébergée par QUEL MONDE PRODUCTIONS
Cast : Marie-Jeanne Bahuon et Quentin MÉNARD
Director of Photography : Aurélien Sallé
Sound : Aurélien Sallé
Editor : Aurélien Sallé
Festivals servicing : Jessica Nasica