I made a list of several french movies in the comedy category. Those movies are kind of feel good and you might be smiling at the end of those french movies. I went from the oldest to the newest movie. There will be soon another article “Part 2” with five other French comedy movies 🙂
1 – You shouldn’t worry! / La vérité si je mens (1997)
First movie of the Trilogy “La vérité si je mens”, the movie takes place in Paris in the Jewish community.
The synopsis: Edouard Vuibert played by Richard Anconina got financial difficulties. Victor Benzakem played by Richard Bohringer, a successful entrepreneur in the Sentier district, takes him under his wing when after a fight against two crooks of card games. Taking him for a Jewish, he decides to hire him as a warehouseman.
2 – Asterix and Obelix Mission Cleopatra / Astérix et Obélix Mission Cléopâtre (2002)
France had produce many Astérix and Obélix movies. This one is the second one and probably the funniest! The movie is full of references to others movies as Star Wars for example. Many five stars actors from the humorist Jamel Debbouze to the actors Christian Clavier and Gérard Depardieu.
The synopsis: Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, decides, in order to defy the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, to build a sumptuous palace in the desert in three months. If she succeeds, he must publicly concede that the Egyptian people are the greatest of all peoples. She will be helped by the two Gallic friends Astérix and Obélix in order to reach her goal.
3 – Those Happy Days / Nos jours heureux (2006)
This movie will be loved by the people that have been to summer camp as a kid or as a camp counselor. I went to summer camp as a kid and work as camp counselor and from my point of view this movie fit perfectly the reality of summer camp. In France, summer camps are populars and kids go for a week or even a month there. The actor Omar Sy (and many other good actors) played in this movie and he was not the big star as he is today.
The synopsis: Vincent Rousseau (played by Jean-Paul Rouve) leads for the first time a summer camp and finds himself plunged for three weeks in the universe of the summer camp with little stories and big problems!
4 – I Do / Prête-moi ta ma main (2006)
Excellent french movie with Alain Chabat (he is also in Astérix and Obélix).
The synopsis: Life is beautiful for Luis, 43 years old, single happy, fulfilled in his job, loved, pampered by his mother and five sisters. It could have lasted a lifetime but no. One day, Tired of mothering, his family decided that it is time for him to get married as soon as possible! Surrounded by his family who only thinks about it, he develops a strategy: find the perfect woman who will pretend to be his fiancée and who will cowardly abandon her on the wedding day. After that, no one will dare to pronounce the word wedding in front of him.
5- Welcome to the Sticks / Bienvenu chez les Ch’tis (2008)
This movie written, produced and played by Dany Boon belongs to the French culture. It is the second most viewed movie in France, with around twenty million viewers. The movie is just after the American movie “Titanic” (21,7 million entrances). You will need, at least, basic french knowledge to understand the jokes in this French movie, it is all about mispronunciations.
The synopsis: Philippe Abrams is director of the post office of Salon-de-Provence. He is married to Julie a depressive character that makes his life impossible. To make her happy, Philippe try to fraud to obtain a transfer down south on the Côte d’Azur, but he is unmasked. Instead, he will be transferred to Bergues, a small town in the North. To understand why it is a bad news for him to go in the north read the article “the curse of being named Kevin in France”.
Did you know those french movies? Did you like watching them? Let me know in the comments section 🙂
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