French film 'Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis' takes box office by storm
French comedy debunking stereotypes about the country's bleak north is breaking box office records.
PARIS, March 26, 2008 - A French comedy debunking stereotypes about
the country's bleak north is breaking box office records, becoming the second
biggest all-time hit in cinemas, Pathe film distributors said Tuesday.
"Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" has pulled in 14.6 million viewers since it was
released on February 27, overtaking "Asterix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatre"
which ranked second on the list of most popular French-language films.
The film, directed by and starring comic Danny Boon, takes aim at the
prejudices about the Nord Pas de Calais region bordering Belgium to reveal the
warmth of its people.
"Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis," or in English "Welcome to the Land of the
Ch'tis," tells the story of a southerner forced by his company to go north and
who finds, once he has mastered the often impenetrable accent, people who open their hearts to strangers.
It ranks seventh on the list of top film hits in France in all languages,
with the American blockbuster "Titanic", seen by 20.7 million people, topping
At this rate, "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" could take the number one spot,
unseating the 1966 classic comedy "La grande vadrouille" starring Louis de
Funes. That film was seen by 17.3 million people.