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Seven French films in 2006 Top 10

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French cinema has had a flamboyant year with the 4.44m admissions clocked up in three weeks by Luc Besson’s Arthur and the Invisibles [+see also:
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, making it the seventh French title to join the 2006 Top 10.

The animated film, the sixth most seen title in 2006, completes a hat trick of successful productions by Luc Besson after The Big Blue (9.2m filmgoers) and The Fifth Element.

However, the most popular French release in 2006 by far, with 10.35m admissions, was Patrice Leconte’s Les Bronzés 3 [+see also:
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, beating off competition from two US productions.

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Meanwhile, Fabien Onteniente’s Camping [+see also:
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ended the year in fourth position with 5.46m filmgoers, while You Are So Beautiful [+see also:
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by Isabelle Mergault (3.55m) was the seventh most popular title, followed by Eric Lartigau’s Rent A Wife [+see also:
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(3.43m), Days of Glory [+see also:
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by Rachid Bouchareb (3.1m, see Focus) and Francis Veber’s The Valet [+see also:
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(3.08m).

Other successful releases in 2006 included Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One [+see also:
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(2.7m filmgoers, 13th position), OSS 117 [+see also:
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by Michel Hazavanicius (2.29m, 14th), Orchestra Seats [+see also:
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by Danièle Thompson (1.96m, 18th) and animated title Azur and Asmar [+see also:
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by Michel Ocelot (1.6m).

Unexpected hits were Those Happy Days [+see also:
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by Eric Toledano and Oliver Nakache (1.47m), Don’t Worry, I’m Fine [+see also:
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by Philippe Lioret (886,000), Denis Dercourt’s The Page Turner [+see also:
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(735,000) and, last but not least, The Singer [+see also:
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by Xavier Giannoli (952,000).

Moving onto European releases, Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver [+see also:
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(see Focus) proved the 15th most seen film in French cinemas in 2006 with 2.28m admissions, while Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [+see also:
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by German helmer Tom Tykwer ended the year in 46th position with 910,000 filmgoers.

British cinema also had a good year with The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
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by Ken Loach (913,000, 45th position, see Focus), The Queen [+see also:
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by Stephen Frears (859,000, 51st, see Focus), Nanny McPhee [+see also:
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by Kirk Jones (769,000, 60th) and Scoop [+see also:
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by Woody Allen (757,000, 62nd).

(Translated from French)

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