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5 Must Watch French Comedies

Intouchables

The Intouchables (2011)

Welcome

Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

5 Must Watch French Comedies

France is considered to be the country where cinema began. Since the early days of the Lumière brothers, through the masterpieces of Georges Méliès and the modern tales of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, French comedy has led the industry in Europe.

Celebrating the airing of the French comedy, Such a Pretty Lie, Eurochannel has selected five French comedies nobody should miss!

The Intouchables (2011)

Inspired by the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his French-Algerian caregiver, Abdel Sellou, The Intouchables is France’s second most-watched film in France in cinemas. Starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy, this comedy tells the story of a quadriplegic aristocrat who hires a young man to be his caregiver. Their relationship develops into a strong friendship despite the fact that their social conditions are entirely different.

Under the direction of Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, The Intouchables received several award nominations. In France, the film won the César Award for Best Actor for Omar Sy, and garnered seven further nominations for the César Awards, including the César Award for Best Film, which it lost to the Best Picture winner The Artist.

Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

Directed, co-written and starred by Dany Boon, Welcome to the Sticks is considered France’s most watched film in history. In February 2010, the film had been seen by 20.5 million people in 23 weeks, thereby breaking the long-standing record held by 1966's La Grande Vadrouille (17.27 million admissions).

This comedy tells the story of a French public servant from Provence who is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to temporarily relocate there, with the firm intent to quickly return.

Amelie (2001)

Starring Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz, Amelie is a comedy about an innocent and naive girl in Paris who has her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, she discovers love.

Directed by the famous Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amelie received critical acclaim and was a major box office success. The comedy won Best Film at the European Film Awards, as well as four César Awards in 2002 (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Taking in over $33 million in a limited theatrical release, it is to date the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States, and one of the biggest international successes for a French movie.

La grande vadrouille (1966)

Considered to be the most successful film in France for more than 30 years, La Grande Vadrouille tells the story of two French civilians and the crew of a downed British bomber who leave from Paris to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South, in order to escape to England during WWII. For that, they must avoid German troops ― and the consequences of their own gaffes.

The movie was directed by Gérard Oury and starred Bourvil and Louis de Funès. It remains the third most successful film ever in France, of any nationality, behind the 1997 version of Titanic and Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, both of which were seen by over 20,000,000 cinemagoers.

Mon Oncle (1958)

One of France’s best comedies in history, Mon Oncle is considered a cult classic of French cinema. This was the first of Jacques Tati’s films to be released in color. Starring Tati himself, Mon Oncle tells the story of a man called Monsieur Hulot, who visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. However, despite all his attempts and good heart, he can't quite fit into the surroundings.

Mon Oncle won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a Special Prize at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film, receiving more honors than any of Tati's other cinematic works.

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Amelie

Amelie (2001)

Grande

La grande vadrouille (1966)

Oncle

Mon Oncle (1958)

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