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Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 27 February 2008 (France)
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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.

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Dany Boon

Writers:

Dany Boon, Alexandre Charlot (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kad Merad ... Philippe Abrams
Dany Boon ... Antoine Bailleul
Zoé Félix ... Julie Abrams
Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret ... Raphaël Abrams
Anne Marivin ... Annabelle Deconninck
Philippe Duquesne Philippe Duquesne ... Fabrice Canoli
Guy Lecluyse Guy Lecluyse ... Yann Vandernoout
Line Renaud ... La maman d'Antoine
Michel Galabru ... Le grand oncle de Julie
Stéphane Freiss ... Jean Sabrier
Patrick Bosso Patrick Bosso ... Le gendarme A7
Jérôme Commandeur Jérôme Commandeur ... L'inspecteur Lebic
Alexandre Carrière Alexandre Carrière ... Tony - l'amoureux d'Isabelle
Fred Personne Fred Personne ... M. Vasseur
Franck Andrieux Franck Andrieux ... M. Leborgne
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Storyline

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 Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

Über 20 Millionen Franzosen können nicht irren! [German release]

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 February 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Willkommen bei den Sch'tis See more »

Filming Locations:

Autoroute A7, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€20,873,413 (France), 2 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,477,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$246,622,067
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

With 20.2 million viewers, it is the most successful French film in France. Former distinction holder was La Grande Vadrouille (1966). See more »

Crazy Credits

after the movie, while the closing credits scroll over the screen, some outtakes are shown. See more »

Connections

Remade as Welcome to the Sticks See more »

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Le p'tit Quinquin
Written by Alexandre Desrousseaux
Sung by Jenny Clève (1853)
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A movie everyone can love.
11 April 2008 | by Jeanette RenmanSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in Lille, France, two weeks after the premiere, and the movie theaters were full. Everyone wanted to see it. (After two weeks, 15 million viewers. That's a lot.) Even though they sometimes spoke Ch'ti it was quite easy to understand, and many parts would have been funny in any language. I really recommend everyone to see it, no matter if you speak French or not. Many of the jokes with words (jeu de mots) are only comprehensible if you speak French, but it's still great. The point with the movie isn't just the language, another aspect is the prejudices the Southerns have about the Northerns. Which can be found in many more countries than France. I really think that it's a movie everyone can find something to like about. Maybe the French over-hyped it, but it's still a superb movie.


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