French Comedies: fun and laughter guaranteed

The penultimate collection of films from Walk this Way is coming soon to video on demand. Combat the post-holiday blues as a family with this fine selection of nine fun films, brought together in the French Comedies collection, available from 1 September.

In The Brats (2013), Thomas (comedian Max Boublil, known for his musical comedy sketches) meets his future father-in-law (Alain Chabat), who convinces him to give up everything – including his own daughter – and join him in living life like a carefree kid… This is Anthony Marciano's first film, and is available in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Hungary.

The Dandelions (2012) is the story of nine-year-old Rachel who encounters the intrepid Valérie, and so discovers the irresistible taste of friendship and freedom. Agnès Jaoui, Denis Podalydès and Isabelle Carré star in this family film by Carine Tardieu, out soon on VoD in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Finland.

Paulette (2012) is a bitter old woman, struggling to make ends meet. Taking inspiration from local youths, Paulette finds a somewhat unconventional way to improve her situation: she starts selling cannabis, but adding in her own personal touch… Jérôme Enrico directs Bernadette Lafont, the face of the New Wave, in her last ever role. Available on video on demand in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland and Turkey.

In Frank Gastambide's 2012 title Porn in the Hood, Mousten, Abdelkrim and Momo are three friends from the ghetto. Desperate to find a way to break the monotony of a life lacking in money and women, they respond to an advert calling for porn stars. The film about the trio, stars of YouTube and Canal+ in the web-series “Kaïra Shopping”, will be available to view in Denmark, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In The Scapegoat (2012), Nicolas Bary revisits Daniel Pennac's literary saga about the Malaussène family. We encounter Benjamin (Raphaël Personnaz), the eldest son of a large family, and a professional scapegoat, as, despite his best efforts, he becomes embroiled in a series of incidents. A journalist, 'Aunt Julia' (Bérénice Béjo), comes to the rescue of our professional idiot. The Scapegoat will be available in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria and Great Britain.

The Gilded Cage (2013) returns to the theme of the Portuguese community in France. When their neighbours learn that concierge couple Maria and José Ribeiro are planning to return to their beloved Portugal, they do everything in their power to keep their indispensable friends in Paris. A box-office hit in Portugal, this award-winning “Portuguese-style” comedy will soon be on video on demand in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands. A Ruben Alves feature film.

In Pop Redemption (2013), four friends in a black-metal band are set to perform the concert of their life at Hellfest, one of France's most important music festivals. Now in their thirties, this unimagined opportunity could be their last shot at success, especially as the four find themselves pursued by the police and having to pass themselves off as a 'flower power' pop group. Julien Doré, winner of TV talent show La Nouvelle Star in 2007, stars in this homage to the Beatles. The film will be out soon in Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland and Hungary.

Attila Marcel (2013) focuses on Paul (Guillaume Gouixe), a Parisian in his thirties, living a monotonous life, stifled by the overprotective aunts who raised him. A meeting with his neighbour from the fourth floor and her magical teas lets him (re)discover his past and his forgotten memories. This fantastical realm was created by Sylvain Chomet, who was behind the animated film Belleville Rendez-vous, which premiered at Cannes in 2003, as well as The Illusionist. The film won awards at Newport and Beijing, and will be distributed on VoD in Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Austria and Hungary.

Finally, in Superchondriac (2014), popular French cinema's winning combination of Dany Boon and Kad Merad are back, a few years after their smash hit Welcome to the Sticks. The titular 'Superchondriac' is Romain, whose only friend is his doctor, Dimitri. Desperate to rid himself of this most irritating of patients, Dimitri will try anything to help Romain find love. But things don't turn out quite as expected. A huge success at the French box office, Superchondriac will be available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Finland. 

31 August 2015, by Cineuropa