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.
Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.
Alexandre de La Patellière,
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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
The actual Post Office in Bergues is located at 2 Rue Léon Claeyes, which is not the location shown in the movie. The building is similar but with particular differences. Still, most of the set locations are accurate. See more »
after the movie, while the closing credits scroll over the screen, some outtakes are shown. See more »
France is not a homogeneous country at all. It is full of prejudices, different dialects habits in almost each district. The film perfectly plays with these. Admittingly the viewer has to know France and the French habits. To my opinion the most characteristic scene is the welcome dinner at the best restaurant at Bergues where Philippe is introduced to the local dialect by his new colleagues. When he tries to place the order he is not understood by the waiter with the argument that he is from Paris. Another typical scene is the welcome reception to Philippes wife Julie, where all prejudices about "the Nord" are put in 10 minutes film. Too funny. Beside the main narration line the film tells a story about friendship, love and the beauty of the simple life.
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