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The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier) (2014)

The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier) (2014)

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A captivating new star is born in THE BÉLIER FAMILY, Eric Lartigau's fabulous, heart-felt comedy hit about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music. In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful sixteen-year-old Paula (beautiful newcomer Louane Emera). She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm. Though her salt-of-the-earth father (François Damiens) has decided to run for mayor - spurred on by her vivacious but over-involved mother (indelibly portrayed by Karin Viard) - Paula's attentions are very much elsewhere. She's witnessed the handsome new boy at school sign up for the choir, and impulsively joined too. It's not long before her music teacher (Éric Elmosnino) discovers her considerable talent, however his encouragement only exacerbates the matter of Paula's independence... Building to a heart-soaring and emotional finale, THE BÉLIER FAMILY is a feel-great triumph. Emera, making her screen debut after being discovered on the French edition of The Voice, is a genuine revelation - she lends both sincerity and joy to this deeply moving film that has been a word-of-mouth phenomenon across Europe, achieving over 10 million admissions to date and becoming France's most popular film of 2015.

Cast

Karin Viard
as Gigi Bélier
François Damiens
as Rodolphe Bélier
Eric Elmosnino
as M. Thomasson
Louane Emera
as Paula Bélier
Roxane Duran
as Mathilde
Luca Gelberg
as Quentin Bélier
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Critic Reviews for The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

[Viard and Damiens] manage to project a lot of warmth despite the fact both have no spoken dialogue and their characters tend to be extremely direct.

September 10, 2015 | Full Review…

The beauty of the otherwise formulaic La Famille Belier is the way this affable crowdpleaser manages to twist its overplayed setup.

September 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Between La Famille Beliér's frequent juvenile jokes, redundant subplots and comically misguided performances, it seriously needed some work before going into production.

January 9, 2017 | Full Review…

An impressively handled if conventional comedy-drama.

May 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

More interested in appeasing an older audience that already treats the condition as a wondrous curiosity, rather than moving them even an inch outside their comfort zone.

April 5, 2016 | Rating: Not Recommended | Full Review…

The heartening story of a young girl realising her singing talent is tempered by the borderline offensive portrayal of her deaf and mute farming parents ... as a pair of clowns that serve as the butt of most jokes.

April 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier)

An interesting story showing how deaf people cope with life and everyday situations and experiences we take for granted. Fantastic performances showing both musical and acting talent make this a very good film.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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