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Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Land of Shtis) (Welcome to the Sticks)

Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Land of Shtis) (Welcome to the Sticks) (2008)


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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, Salon de Provence. 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



Dany Boon, Alexandre Charlot

Dec 2, 2008

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There's nothing revolutionary or artistically groundbreaking here, but there's something reassuring in the fact that this is what the French have anointed as their biggest hit. Vive la (low-key) différence.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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[Dany] Boon tinkers with the formula just enough to make his story fresh and the sentiment at its heart not too sweet, though compounded contrivances in the last 30 minutes of the picture threaten to unravel its peculiar magic.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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den mporeis kai ola na ta katalabaineis ap' aytin tin farsokomodia poy den stereitai ekstatikon empneyseon sti domi, ektos ki an ta 'heis zisei apo konta

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In this comedy about misconceptions, love and true friendship, Danny Boon gives us an enjoyable lesson in avoiding making assumptions about people

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Thoroughly enjoyable and contagiously funny, this is solid French gold

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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A winner. Puts its tale of a southern postal worker hoping for a transfer to the Côte d'Azur through the very effective reverse psychology wringer when he ends up in the dreaded north instead - but discovers he loves it.

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Audience Reviews for Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Land of Shtis) (Welcome to the Sticks)

Slight, but amusing film. The parts where the wife goes to visit are hilarious, and I give full marks to whoever did the translating for the subtitltes!
April 4, 2009

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It is hilarious, but in a French way. I certainly enjoyed it...
July 23, 2008
Janice Yan

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Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis.
Simply formulaic, but charmingly funny.
I'll start out by saying that I've lived in Belgium my whole life, and I speak French. Coming from that point of view, this film was hilarious. I loved that it begins pouring rain the second he enters into the territory of "Le Nord" (been there), and the constant use of the term "Biloute" (done that).
The performances are nice, especially Dany Boon, who did a great job of directing and writing as well. The story was nothing amazing, but because of the charming characters and my own love for anti-Northern France jokes, it succeeds greatly.

Why 70%?
Because you get plenty of clever laughs along with a likable, the situations are fun and its tight pace keeps things moving nicely.

The English subtitles don't do the Ch'tis accents justice, they're hilarious. A lot of French humor revolves around wordplay and double-meanings, and this movie has plenty of those. Have you seen this dubbed? Is it any good? Well anyways, several very French/Belgian moments.
January 31, 2011
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Luke Turley

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Charming, at times downright hilarious comedy. Unfortunately I don't speak a word of French and have no deeper knowledge of the culture clash between North and South - the film is probably truly funny to French audiences, as the success in France also demonstrates.
April 5, 2010

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