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In French the word
comédien translates as actor, while comédie is, simply, comedy in English. With this linguistic link between the players and the comedy genre it's hardly surprising that the French are really good at cinema comedy. After all, it goes right back to the Lumière Brothers, the fathers of modern cinema.
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  • Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu

    Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu

  • Une Heure de Tranquillité

    Une Heure de Tranquillité

  • Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

    Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

  • Les femmes du 6e étage

    Les femmes du 6e étage

  • La Fée

    La Fée

  • OSS117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

    OSS117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

  • Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

    Les aventures d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

  • Une famille à louer

    Une famille à louer

  • Intouchables

    Intouchables

  • L'École buissonnière

    L'École buissonnière

  • Pension compléte

    Pension compléte

  • Mon oncle

    Mon oncle

  • Comme un avion

    Comme un avion

  • Potiche

    Potiche

  • Les goût des autres

    Les goût des autres

  • Chic !

    Chic !

  • La dorMeuse Duval

    La dorMeuse Duval

  • Paris pieds nus

    Paris pieds nus

  • Jalouse

    Jalouse

  • Le retour du héros

    Le retour du héros

  • Un homme à la hauteur

    Un homme à la hauteur

  • Le Correspondant

    Le Correspondant

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Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu
Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu
A bourgeois Catholic couple have four daughters who one by one marry men of different faiths, much to the consternation of their parents. After three such marriages it's the turn of the last unmarried daughter, and the parents rejoice to learn that she's marrying a Catholic. But their elation is short lived.
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Heure de tranquillité
Une Heure de Tranquillité
Michel finds a rare jazz album at the flea market and can't wait to get back to the flat to listen to it. For the next 80 minutes everything that could happen to stop him listening to his album does.
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Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
A public servant working in the postal service in Provence attempts a scam to obtain a transfer to the Riviera, but he is caught out, largely due to his own ineptitude. As a result he is instead transferred to the north, a fate worse than death in his opinion. Dreading what he will find he reluctantly sets off, even being let off a speeding ticket when the police learn where he has been sent. But things don't always turn out as you would expect.
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Les femmes du 6e étage
Les femmes du 6e étage
It is 1960s Paris and Jean-Louis, a stockbroker, with his wife Suzanne live in a grand apartment.

Above, on the sixth floor, there are a group of Spanish house maids (les bonnes) who might as well not exist as far as Jean-Louis and Suzanne are concerned.
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La Fée
La Fée
This film is really something different. A combination of fantasy, love and slapstick comedy.

Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, a couple in real life, play Dom and Fiona, having directed the film with Bruno Romey, who plays the visually challenged patron of the L'Amour Flou (Fuzzy Love) café.
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OSS117: Le Caire, nid d'espons
OSS117: Le Caire, nid d'espions
This is a spoof of the spy film genre and draws heavily from the early Bond films. Jean Dujardin plays the Bond-type character, interestingly named Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath. His female co-star is played by Bérénice Bejo, and those of you who take an interest in such things will recognise this duo from the Oscar winning silent film of 2011, The Artist.
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Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec
Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec
This fantasy film is pure comedy. The eponymous heroin is an author with a twin sister who suffered a serious injury during a tennis match, leaving her in bed on a drip with a hat pin though her head. I'm sure such an injury would be fatal but this is a fantasy, so stay with it.

The cinematography seems almost to simulate a graphic strip, to the extent that when the film started I wasn't sure if it was real or animated, although this confusion didn't last long.
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Une famille á louer
Une famille à louer
Paul-André is a businessman who in making lots of money from software development burnt himself out. He now lives in a palatial if somewhat boring mansion with his butler, appearing to be constantly morose although denying that is the case. Violette is a single mum with two children and has just been released from remand after assaulting a supermarket security guard, who caught her stealing a chicken to feed her family.
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Intouchables
Intouchables
Based on the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo this film was a tremendous success in France. Philippe, from an incredibly wealthy aristocratic family, is quadriplegic after a paragliding accident and is looking for new carer.

Driss, a black man from the banlieue, presents himself for the job but only because he wants to to get his form signed to receive his unemployment benefit. He has no intention of taking the position. But he is the only applicant that impresses Philippe, who offers him a trial period of a month.
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L'École buissonniere
L'École buissonnière
A delightful French comedy-drama set in the forests of Solonge. This film is a treat for anybody who enjoys nature in addition to telling a heart-warming story.

The film begins in 1927 Paris, where after the war there are many orphans. A woman named Célestine arrives at an orphanage where she is asked if she would take a young boy named Paul, who was originally from the area in Solonge where she lives. She is reluctant, and we detect that this boy features in her past, although we do not learn any more at this stage.
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