Two dangerous convicts escape while transferring between jail houses and find refuge in the lovely little house of the charming Roze family. The situation brings everyone's instincts to the surface.

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Francis Palluau

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Francis Palluau
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Lorànt Deutsch Lorànt Deutsch ... Gilbert
Jean Dujardin ... MG
Clémence Poésy ... Magali
André Wilms ... Daniel
Dominique Pinon ... Le lieutenant
Michel Derville Michel Derville ... Le banquier
Carole Bouquet ... Béatrice
Olivier Saladin Olivier Saladin ... Le voisin
Philippe Lamendin Philippe Lamendin ... Le journaliste bourse
Daniela Lumbroso Daniela Lumbroso ... La journaliste
Vincent Martin Vincent Martin ... L'avocat
Christian Pereira Christian Pereira ... Docteur Merlot
Jean-Baptiste Shelmerdine Jean-Baptiste Shelmerdine ... Le junkie
Clément van den Bergh Clément van den Bergh ... Ludovic
Daniel Koenigsberg Daniel Koenigsberg ... Le proviseur (as Daniel Kenigsberg)
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Two dangerous convicts escape while transferring between jail houses. Cornered by the police, they find refuge in the lovely little house inhabited by the charming Roze family. Too bad for the wedding anniversary the family was planning to celebrate this evening: the criminal duo decides to hold everyone in the house hostage, just in case. While the felons gradually display their softer and nicer sides, the Rozes reveal themselves way less charming than it seemed, as the situation brings their worst instincts uninhibited. Written by JR Bouvier

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Une famille normale, tout ce qu'il y a de plus normale

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O Henri Wouldn't Dare Ransom the Rozes
17 April 2019 | by TrTm316See all my reviews

This is a rare gem that gradually rotates the viewers' perspective of the characters 180 degrees, leaving us fascinated, slightly repulsed, and thoroughly amused. I was actually grinning when it ended, a rare response to a dark comedy.

Two convicts have escaped while being transported back to prison, and find refuge with the Rozes, who seem completely at ease with the situation. We gradually discover why this is so. I've been bored, or at best left unimpressed, by so many French films that set out to satirize middle class family values. Perhaps fortuitously, Welcome to the Roses succeeds where the others have failed. I think it's because the Rozes are not merely placeholders in the plot symbolizing Everyman, nor are they initially presented as individuals so flawed that the film must teach them a lesson. Instead, they're affable, even lovable. We all want the Rozes as neighbors. Be careful what you wish for!

Monsieur and Madame Roze, Andre Wilms and Carole Bouquet, take a plot that could have devolved into incredulity and make us believe that what we see is their normality. So too does Clemence Poesy, who as daughter Magali presents a striking figure in this film. The younger escapee Gilbert (Lorant Deutsch) surely wins the Strongest Moral Fiber of the Year Award. And Jean Dujardin (MG) eventually wins our empathy, convincing us that bad luck, more so than bad judgement, has brought him to this cuckoo's nest.

It's just kooky enough, and just serious enough, and we're left with hopes that Justice will prevail. Enjoy!


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Release Date:

2 April 2003 (France) See more »

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