A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back.
Although living a comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence, a charming town in the South of France, Julie has been feeling depressed for a while. To please her, Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, her husband, tries to obtain a transfer to a seaside town, on the French Riviera, at any cost. The trouble is that he is caught red-handed while trying to scam an inspector. Philippe is immediately banished to the distant unheard of town of Bergues, in the Far North of France. Leaving his child and wife behind, the crucified man leaves for his frightening destination, a dreadfully cold place inhabited by hard-drinking, unemployed rednecks, speaking an incomprehensible dialect called Ch'ti. Philippe soon realizes that all these ideas were nothing but prejudices and that Bergues is not synonymous with hell...Written by
I have not laughed so hard in a long, long time. For those who understand the easy-going French spirit, there is not better comedy than a French comedy. And this is one of their funniest. Of course one has to suspend one's disbelief on a number of occasions - heck it's a comedy, not a documentary. The French do not concern themselves with political correctness either. They laugh at everything and everybody in a good natured way - not to create controversy (a la South Park). Humour comes to them naturally. It's a party and everyone is invited. Enjoy the party! If you want an action blockbuster or a film with another type of humour (British, American etc...) this is not a good film to see. It's a comedy.
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