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Thursday, 13 October 2016

French movie - Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au bon dieu? (2014)

Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au bon dieu? (2014)

Director(s): Philippe de Chauveron

Country: France

Main actor(s)/actress(es): Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan, Frédérique Bel

Genre: Comedy


A very traditional and Catholic French couple (Clavier & Lauby) wishes the best for their daughters. Unfortunately, they all got married to foreigners of different backgrounds, origins and religions. Their last hope was their younger daughter ... but she fell in love with an African man. Spending Christmas together will prove to be eventful with all these clichés, stereotypes and arguments. Surprisingly enough for the Verneuil family, they might not be the only one who are racist and struggle with other communities...


A highly entertaining movie very effectively advertised through a hilarious trailer. However, the movie does seem to lose some of its power because of the overall clumsy structure and unfolding of events. Whilst the early situations of the movie are refreshing, sarcastic and rather original the rest might seem to rely too much on the strategies used in the opening scenes. Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au bon dieu has all the ingredients for a great movie but might fall into its own clichés and stereotypes.

I would nonetheless recommend anybody to watch this movie as it does address some interesting topics which are particularly relevant in our contemporary society and more specifically in a highly multicultural environment. Finally, this might just highlight some comments and ideas that are somewhat considered normal but can be perceived negatively by other communities. Definitely an enlightening movie which could have done with a bit more research and care into the scenario and the overall development of actions. 


Un dieu = a god
Noël = Christmas
Un mari; un époux = husband
Une femme; une épouse = a wife
Une fille = a daughter

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