When French-African couple Paul and Sali discover the longed-for baby they are about to adopt is white, family chaos and confrontation ensue.

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Marie-Françoise Colombani (original idea), Sébastien Mounier (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Lucien Jean-Baptiste Lucien Jean-Baptiste ... Paul Aloka
Aïssa Maïga ... Salimata Aloka
Zabou Breitman ... Claire Mallet
Vincent Elbaz ... Manu
Michel Jonasz Michel Jonasz ... Monsieur Vidal
Naidra Ayadi Naidra Ayadi ... Anna (pouponnière)
Marie-Philomène Nga Marie-Philomène Nga ... Mamita, la mère de Sali
Bass Dhem ... Ousmane, le père de Sali
Delphine Théodore Delphine Théodore ... Prune
Marius Benchenafi Marius Benchenafi ... Benjamin (4 mois)
Mathéo Perard Mathéo Perard ... Benjamin (1 an)
Valérie Moreau Valérie Moreau ... Madame Perez
Grégoire Bonnet ... Baptiste Mallet
Guillaume Faure ... Mathias
Sara Mortensen Sara Mortensen ... Kristina
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Paul is married to Sali. Everything would be fine if they could get a child. Until the day when Sali receives the call that they have been waiting for so long: their adoption file is approved. He is adorable, he is 6 months old, his name is Benjamin. He is blond with blue eyes and white. They - are black. Written by OzzyPsycko

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Ils ont fumé quoi à la Ddass?
Performed by Vincent Elbaz, Lucien Jean-Baptiste
(p)© 2016 Deux minutes trente
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Both highly enjoyable as well as thought-provoking
28 January 2018 | by PassengerBSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic film I wish would receive more recognition outside of Europe. There are several ways to approach the subject of racism of course and one is to highlight it with humor. In this case it worked exceptionally well as the humor was tasteful and toned down for the most part. On the one hand you have the racism from the native French people, like the social worker, towards the Senegalese parents, and on the other end of the spectrum you encounter racism towards the ("white") baby from his own adopted family (grandparents). We are so used to seeing people of a European background adopt Asian or African babies for example - we think nothing of it. But think: Have you seen many immigrants adopt babies with a European background? No. We haven't really gotten used to seeing this and so we assume that they must be the children's nannies, babysitters or other. And why would immigrants come to European countries if some of them could react with such outrage and disgust as the grandmother? Is it surprising that more immigration means more of a melting pot, being more accepting and forming new families, traditions and so forth? It's great to see that racism isn't just overt, cruel and ill-meaning but it can just happen out of circumstance, out of habit basically. And it can come from people or groups of people you wouldn't suspect. All of this - and more - is what the film tackled in a very subtle and lighthearted manner and with incredible performances by the leading and supporting actors and actresses. A truly unique mixture between entertainment and social critique!


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France | Belgium

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French | Wolof | Romanian | Norwegian

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18 January 2017 (France) See more »

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He Even Has Your Eyes See more »

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