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by Dany Boon


Philippe Abrams is director of the Salon-de-Provence post office. He is married to Julie, whose depressive personality makes life unbearable for him. To make her happy, Philippe commits fraud in order to obtain a transfer to the Côte d'Azur. But he is found out: he is transferred to Bergues, a little town in the North instead. For the Abrams family – Southerners full of prejudices – the North is an awful, cold region inhabited by uncivilised people who speak an incomprehensible language, known as "cheutimi". Philippe moves there alone. To his great surprise, he discovers a charming place, a friendly team and welcoming people. He makes friends with Antoine, the village postman and bell ringer, who has a possessive mother and whose love affairs are thwarted. When Philippe returns to Salon, Julie refuses to believe that he is enjoying himself in the North. She even thinks he is lying to her in order to make her feel better. To satisfy her and make life easier for himself, Philippe lets her believe that he is in fact living a life of hell in Bergues. From then onwards, his life becomes a comfortable lie...

international title: Welcome to the Sticks
original title: Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
country: France
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Dany Boon
film run: 106'
release date: BE 27/02/2008, FR 27/02/2008, UK 04/04/2008, PL 06/06/2008, NL 11/09/2008, PT 18/09/2008, DE 30/10/2008, IT 31/10/2008, AT 07/11/2008, ES 16/01/2009
screenplay: Dany Boon, Franck Magnier
cast: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Félix, Philippe Duquesne, Line Renaud, Stéphane Freiss, Michel Galabru
cinematography by: Pierre Aïm
film editing: Luc Barnier
art director: Alain Veissier
costumes designer: Florence Sadaune
producer: Claude Berri
production: Pathé Films, Hirsch, TF1 Studio Production
backing: CRRAV
distributor: Pathé Distribution, Alternative Films (BE), Pathé Distribution (NL), Paradiso Entertainment (NL), Prokino Filmverleih (DE), Wanda Visión (ES)

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