Qu-est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu? (Serial weddings)

Claude Verneuil, a notary from a small French town called Chinon, and his wife Marie (Christian Clavier and Chantal Lauby) have four daughters. Isabelle married a Muslim lawyer, Odile, a Jewish entrepreneur, and Ségolène, a Chinese banker. Family gatherings always end with everyone at odds, with Claude and Marie making some xenophobic comments. But it’s also brothers-in-law against brothers-in-law as they use religion ans race to insult each other. Latter, for a christmas dinner at the Verneuil’s, everybody is on their best behavior and has put aside their differences. When Claude and Marie find out that Laure, their youngest daughter, got engaged to a nice catholic boy, they are breathing a sigh of relief. Until they meet him. His name is Charles Koffi, a black actor from the Ivory Coast. Charles has problems of his own. Let’s just say that his parents are not thrilled that their son is marrying a white French girl. The father, André, is still resentful of the white colonization in Africa. . This film is a pleasant surprise. It is a difficult subject that might have made a lot of people (including me) wince. But, I think it has been done with relative good tastes and subtleties by everyone involved. Veteran actors Christian Clavier and Chantal Lauby seem to be having a great time scratching away at the Verneuils’ bourgeois veneer. But the younger cast members are equally effective and funny. I have to mention Pascal N’Zonzi as André Koffi, who arrives at his son’s wedding almost foaming at the mouth. That this film succeed on so many levels (including a hilarious screenplay) is, I’m convinced, because of Philippe de Chauveron’s attention to details and perfect timing for comedy. I had a great time watching Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu?

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

 Qu-est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu? (Serial weddings)

Directed by:
Philippe de Chauveron
Screenplay by:
Philippe de Chauveron
Guy Laurent
Starring:
Christian Clavier
Chantal Lauby
Ary Abittan
Medi Sadoun
Frédéric Chau
Noom Diawara
Frédérique Bel
Julia Piaton
Émilie Caen
Élodie Fontan
Pascal N’Zonzi
97 min.
In French with English subtitles.
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