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In this off beat account of King Arthur's quest for the Grail, virtually every journey, battle or adventure is stopped dead in its tracks by the knights of the round table's most worldly ... See full summary »

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The sequel to the big screen of the cult series of Alexandre Astier, offbeat version of the legend of the Knights of the Round Table. Refugee in Rome, King Arthur makes his comeback to be planted in the army of his old friend Lancelot.

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Series cast summary:
Alexandre Astier ...  Arthur, roi de Bretagne / ... 446 episodes, 2004-2009
Lionnel Astier ...  Léodagan, roi de Carmélide / ... 228 episodes, 2004-2009
Franck Pitiot Franck Pitiot ...  Perceval, chevalier du Pays de Galles / ... 195 episodes, 2004-2009
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In this off beat account of King Arthur's quest for the Grail, virtually every journey, battle or adventure is stopped dead in its tracks by the knights of the round table's most worldly traits : cowardice, greed, idiocy or misplaced chivalry. As a consequence, instead of epic adventures we are treated with the characters' pragmatic and anachronistic take on each and every event in the Grail legend, true to the purest sitcom tradition. Written by tete-en-lair

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Official Sites:

M6 [France]

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France

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French

Release Date:

3 January 2005 (France) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The director, Alexandre Astier, cast his parents, Lionnel Astier and Joëlle Sevilla, as Guinièvre's parents. He cast his half-brother Simon Astier as Guinièvre's brother (so that Lionnel and Simon, who are father and son, play father and son). He cast Simon's mother, Josée Drevon, as Arthur's mother Ygerne. Since Alexandre Astier plays Arthur, he is thus surrounded by his own family. He and his father look so much alike that the comic book artist Steven Dupré had to make Léodagan (Lionnel's character) look fatter so that he would not be confused with King Arthur. See more »

Quotes

Bohort, chevalier: Sire! Don't go in there!
Arthur, roi de Bretagne: Why not? It's the throne room.
Bohort, chevalier: Atilla is in there! They say where he goes the grass doesn't grow back.
Arthur, roi de Bretagne: There's no grass in the throne room.
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Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.42 (2009) See more »

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Addictive comedy
6 December 2008 | by jrbleauSee all my reviews

This is one of the best comedies I've ever seen. As a translator, I'd be hard-pressed to put this into English - it pushes the envelope to the limit in its own language. The wordplay is amazing.

Each episode is about 3.5 minutes (!), over 6 seasons. In the first three seasons, the episodes are stand-alone, with a few seeds planted for the story arcs that arise in the 4th and 5th, which take a serious turn while remaining funny. I haven't yet seen season 6. Every episode, very intelligently written, has us coming back for the next (for the time being, they can be seen on YouTube).

A humorous take on Arthurian legend, other than Père Blaise, the Roman-educated Arthur is the only erudite person in Kaamelott. He's surrounded by a bunch of "billes", "marteaux", "clodos" and what not, who exasperate him with primitive values and general ineptness, a misuse of the language, and misunderstanding of the simplest instructions.

Each character is distinct from the others. Perceval, for example, is an idiot-savant who simply can't get an instruction right. Leodagan, Arthur's father-in-law, is the irascible knee-jerk rule-by-force male member of the "couple infernal" in which he's married to the shrew Dame Seli. Their battles are legendary. Their daughter, Guenevièvre, is the twit who's married to Arthur. Their son Yvain is a lazy oaf whose best friend, Gavain, is not much better. Bohort is a febrile coward whose face is always contorted with tension, Merlin is addle-pated, the Lady of the Lake is visible only to Arthur, which Arthur can't get others to understand, and so on.

Despite all this, it's quite faithful to the actual legend and the story manages to build up a lot of tension as well as tenderness through season 5. It has earned an ardent following in France and Canada. If you have any understanding of French, you gotta see it, otherwise, you might find some episodes with English subtitles on YouTube.


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