This Week’s Recommendation: Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis

6 Nov 2020 - 12 Nov 2020
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This week's recommendation

Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks)

France

2008, 106 mins. French language

Directed by Dany Boon    

Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis was the 708th film screened by RFS on 23rd April 2013. It was the third ranked film of Season 50 and received an approval mark of 94% from those attending.

A comedy which proved the biggest French box office hit for many a year. 

A manager of the Post Office in Salon de Provence, France, is trying to obtain a transfer to the Riviera, at any cost, in order to satisfy his neurotic and depressive wife who wants to live near the sea. When his deployment of dishonest methods to try and secure the post is discovered, his punishment is to be transferred, for a period of two years, right to the other end of the country to Bergues, in the Nord department, not far from Lille. To someone from the far south of France, going to the north is like going to the north pole and his wife's elderly uncle warns him about the dangers and sub- zero temperatures of the north, unemployed rednecks, speaking an incomprehensible dialect called Ch'ti.  So our friend leaves his wife and child in Salon and makes the journey himself, planning to return home every second weekend. 

The purpose of the film is in a light-hearted and satirical way is to introduce the spectator to life in the north of France and to have a bash at some of the stereotypes commonly held about this region. The northerners are painted as bon vivants, over indulging in fatty foods and alcohol, very different from the south but, little by little, our protagonist gets used to this way of life....

Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune - http://twickenhamtribune.com
 
The film can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.


Presented by Richmond Film Society

 

 

 

 

Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune - http://twickenhamtribune.com

 

The film can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

Presented by Richmond Film Society

 

Presented by Richmond Film Society