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La famille Bélier (2014)

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A girl, who lives with her deaf parents, discovers that she has the gift of singing.

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Eric Lartigau

Writers:

Victoria Bedos (original idea), Victoria Bedos (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karin Viard ... Gigi Bélier
François Damiens ... Rodolphe Bélier
Eric Elmosnino ... Fabien Thomasson
Louane Emera ... Paula Bélier
Roxane Duran ... Mathilde
Ilian Bergala Ilian Bergala ... Gabriel Chevignon
Luca Gelberg Luca Gelberg ... Quentin Bélier
Mar Sodupe Mar Sodupe ... Mademoiselle Dos Santos
Stéphan Wojtowicz Stéphan Wojtowicz ... Lapidus - le maire
Jérôme Kircher Jérôme Kircher ... Le docteur Pugeot
Bruno Gomila Bruno Gomila ... Rossigneux
Véronique Poulain Véronique Poulain ... La cliente du marché
Philippe Dusseau Philippe Dusseau ... Le président du jury
Clémence Lassalas Clémence Lassalas ... Karène
Melchior Lebeaut Melchior Lebeaut ... L'élève binoclard
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Storyline

The Béliers are ordinary people: Rodolphe and Gigi are married, have two children and run their farm for a living. Ordinary people? Well, almost... since three of them, Dad, Mum and their son Quentin, are deaf. Which is not the case of the boy's big sister, Paula. And not only can she speak but her music teacher scouts her beautiful voice as well. He offers her to sit for the entrance exam of the Maîtrise de Radio France, a vocal elite choir in Paris. Her parents, who rely on her as their ears and mouth in the outside world, take the news badly. Paula, who hates the idea of betraying her parents and her brother, goes through a painful dilemma... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | Sign Languages | Spanish

Release Date:

17 December 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La familia Bélier See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,948,603
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Je vole" was written by Michel Sardou as a kind of suicide note of a teenager [as he explained in his autobiography]. In the movie the lyrics were slightly changed (except the refrain) to fit to the theme of the movie, which is leaving home for a career, not suicide. See more »

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After the cast list, there are photos of Rodolphe as Mayor with Gigi, of Thomasson's wedding to Mademoiselle Dos Santos, and of Paula and Gabriel in Paris. See more »

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References Twilight (2008) See more »

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Written and Performed by Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine
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A refreshing family movie
23 February 2015 | by taqunuzuquSee all my reviews

I watched this movie on a Sneak preview and I must admit that I was sooo relieved by its existence. And by the fact that such a movie will actually launch in the big cinemas (at least here, in Germany). Finally – a movie far from a blockbuster, obscene, moronic comedy or anything too pretentious. It is a family movie that you simply enjoy watching and relax while doing so.

The idea is quite original actually, as far as my knowledge of things goes. And honestly, I feel like we need more films like that which explore these ideas and the life of such families and people, but explore them exactly that way - so naturally, with such humour and gentleness. No mega-drama, life is sad and the world is a cruel place for people with disabilities stuff. Everything in the movie is realistic, from the characters to the crises and the conversations. I liked also very much the fact that I didn't find any of the characters especially attractive or better than the rest. They were… hello, normal!! And interesting and different and funny in their "normalness". Here I am talking for both character and looks.

So yeah, basically… I've never been good at reviewing a movie I like, so I can simply recommend it to everybody who wants a breath of fresh air after all the action-visual-effects-little-script stuff that Hollywood is showering us with.

Ps. I didn't know the main character has been a star in a singing show, but the songs and the music in the movie were truly enjoyable.


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