Two brothers go to France to claim the chateau they have inherited.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Tessier ...
Marie Verdi ...
Didier Flamand ...
Graham Granville
Allen 'Rex' Granville
Nathalie Jouen ...
Real Estate Agent
James Lyons ...
First Family of Buyers (as Jim Lyons)
First Family of Buyers
Christian Marti ...
Second Family of Buyers
Marina Girand ...
Second Family of Buyers
Jonathan Grosskopf ...
Second Family of Buyers
Alexis Grosskopf ...
Second Family of Buyers
Adèle Grosskopf ...
Second Family of Buyers


When two American brothers, Graham and Allen Granville, learn that they have inherited a chateau in France, they cannot believe their luck. However, when they arrive, the brothers find themselves completely ill-equipped to communicate with the chateau's staff (even with the help of a pocket dictionary). With no hope of paying off the chateau's enormous debt, the pair are forced to sell the chateau, leaving a bewildered staff resorting to desperate and hilarious measures to keep their home. Through a series of comedic misunderstandings, the film's stars not only uncover they're not as distant from the staff as they might think, they also discover something about the importance of family. Written by ifp/west

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Il maggiordomo del castello  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$15,968 (USA) (9 August 2002)


$200,122 (USA) (8 November 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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very funny
9 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this unconventional film. I found the hand-held camera work and video quality of film suited the narrative and tone and the actors did very convincing jobs of the characters they portrayed. The french/American culture clash was done to great comic effect. Paul Rudd was brilliant as well as Romany Malco and Sylvie Testud, whose work I was not familiar with. I've been wanting to see this movie since it came out and I was not disappointed. If you are up for something a little more off the cuff than what usually come out of America, you will be glad to find this movie. It seems like a really good student film with great acting that actually got the resources necessary to see the film through as it was conceived of.

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