Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis

Director: Dany Boon

France • 2008 • 106 minutes

Actor-comedian Dany Boon (Mon meilleur ami) takes on French regional stereotypes in this affectionate look at life in Northern France, which has become the biggest box office smash in recent memory, clocking up more than 20 million admissions. It’s a classic fish-out-of-water tale in which Kad Merad plays southerner Philippe Abrams, a low-level manager in the French postal service who is desperate for a promotion to the Côte d’Azur. He makes such a mess of his interview that he is instead downgraded to working in a small-town post office in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, where he encounters the police, terrible weather and the incomprehensible Ch’tis dialect, all of which allow Boon the chance to milk the southerner’s fear of the north for all it is worth.

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