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Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (original title)
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.

Director:

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 ... 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 ... 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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Trivia

With 25.5 million euros, it holds the record for the highest first-week intake of a French movie in its home country. Former record holder was French Fried Vacation 3: Friends Forever (2006). See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Jour de Fête (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Un clair de lune à Maubeuge
(1962)
Lyrics by Pierre Perrin
Music by Pierre Perrin and Claude Blondy
Performed by the Harmonie Municipale de Bergues (in a street scene)
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I have not laughed so hard in a long, long time.
29 March 2009 | by plupu66See all my reviews

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 February 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis See more »

Filming Locations:

Autoroute A7, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR11,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,144,417
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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