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Les Visiteurs (The Visitors )

Les Visiteurs (The Visitors ) (1993)

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A modern farce about medieval life, this is a time-travel comedy by French director Jean-Marie Poire. A 12th-century nobleman, Godefroy (Jean Reno), and his squire Jacquouille (Christian Clavier) are the victims of a mistake by an aging wizard. While trying to work another spell, the sorcerer accidentally transports the pair to the late 20th century. To his great dismay, Godefroy finds that his family is now poor and has sold their estate to Jacquouille's rich descendants, including Jacquart

Sep 11, 2001

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This quirky French comedy is pure absurdist fun and frothy as a milkshake, but with the queer interloping humor of the French. Though crude in many respects, it's still a cult classic because it goes where other films don't. It's certainly goofy, realistic based on the time it was set and the times of the two main characters, with the character of Beatrice being flighty and yet marginally stern. She is what holds the glue between the past and the present, and she is a true wife and mother, someone we can get behind and respect, which was an element the American remake rejected. Yes, this is a French original, which also led to a poor reception for its sequel, and utter chagrin at the remake. This film deserves to be set in France and take place in France, again an element the remake neglects. The people, the countryside, the warmth of the castle fires and the frigid temperatures of the castle dungeons all feel extremely real and kooky. The reason it was so big was the allure of a national film, a film of France, and this film does that by linking the rich heritage of an entire country and showing how much of the country as a whole has changed. The cast, who were all the same for both the sequel and the remake, are truly brilliant. Jean Reno (who would later become most famous for Leon the next year) is playfully a Dudley Do-right type of infantile schmuck, with a pretentious air as he is a rich man of the court. Christian Clavier is a strange sidekick, though crafty and politically sound, vying for independence with the help of a down and out floozy. The humor behind them converging with modern day technology wasn't exactly groundbreaking, but their attributes and small inconsistencies really endeared them to the audience, and made for some real laughs throughout. Whether chuckling over the ditzy hotel owner or the fate of the descendents, whose house was in a shambles by the end thanks to these two's actions, it was a sweet and bumpy kind of comedy.
March 13, 2012
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This Movie is incredibly funny. Beside Gèrard Depardieu, Jean Reno and Christian Clavier are one of the best french comedians.
February 8, 2010
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Wahida K

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French time-travel "comedy".
August 8, 2013
Lemure

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Extremely funny and imaginative! Jean Reno and Christian Clavier are fantastic.
December 22, 2012
Jason Reneau

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    1. Jacquouille: Okeeeeeeeee!
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