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Original title
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tisaka
AKA
  • Welcome to the Land of Shtis
Year
Running time
106 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Dany Boon, Franck Magnier, Alexandre Charlot
Music
Philippe Rombi
Cinematography
Pierre Aïm
Cast
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Producer
Pathé Renn Productions / Hirsch / TF1 Films Production / Les Productions du Chicon / Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais / Canal + / Centre National de la Cinématographie / Cinecinema
Genre
Comedy
Official Site
http://www.bienvenuechezleschtis-lefilm.com/
Synopsis / Plot
A man born and raised on France's Southern coast is exiled to the Northern territories in this comedy from actor, director and screenwriter Dany Boon. Philippe Abrams (Kad Merad) helps run the post office in a picturesque small town in the South of France. Philippe's wife Julie (Zoe Felix) has been down in the dumps, and he thinks one way to lift her spirits would be to relocate to the more glamorous surroundings of the Cote d'Azur. However, Philippe's attempts to finagle a transfer fail, and he ends up demoted -- he's sent to Bergues, a village in Northern France stuck between Belgium and England. Philippe is appalled at the news, and matters only get worse when he has to learn the local dialect, a strange bouillabaisse of French, Flemish and Latin dialects. Julie opts to stay behind, and as Philippe drowns his sorrows in beer on his first night in town, he nearly runs over a man while driving home drunk -- who turns out to be one of his new colleagues at the post office, Antoine Bailleul (Dany Boon). But Philippe finds to his surprise that he enjoys life in Bergues, and he becomes infatuated with Annabelle (Anne Marivin), a beautiful letter carrier. Philippe is pondering just what he should do about his feelings for Annabelle when he gets word from Julie that she's decided to join him in the unfashionable North. Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis was a major box office success in France, grossing over $80 million in little more than a month in theaters -Total: $165 million-. (Mark Deming: All Movie Guide)
Awards
2008: César Awards: Nominated for Best Screenplay
2008: European Film Awards: Nominated for Audience Award Best Film
2009: Gaudí Awards: Nominated for Best European Film
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