The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier)

2014

The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier)

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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 (22) | Top Critics (6)

  • As well as ensuring that the film avoids the cloying sweetness of Hollywood's seasonal offering, Love the Coopers, the Beliers' idiosyncrasies strike a gently subversive note.

    Dec 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [The Belier Family] has enormous charm and humour, a real sense of warmth within the family, and a knockout finale which, of course, involves Paula's singing.

    Dec 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 10, 2015 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • This award-winning Gallic smash is a strangely synthetic experience, as conspicuously contrived as any workaday Hollywood product.

    Sep 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A canny cast earn any final-reel tears honestly: the ever-ebullient Viard proves even more expressive without spoken dialogue, and Eric Elmosnino lends wry support as the choirmaster.

    Sep 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier)

  • Jun 07, 2015
    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 W Super Reviewer

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