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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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Pension complète
Pension compléte
Another whimsical French comedy with a somewhat improbable plot, but that doesn't really matter. François and Charlotte run a gourmet hotel and restaurant, but while François is fixated on attaining his first Michelin star, Charlotte is feeling neglected. Charlotte's sister Pascale appears to be an almost permanent fixture, as well as being somewhat of an embarrassment with her devil-may-care approach to life.

Early in the film we have the low point of François forgetting Charlotte's birthday and then trying to make amends with a rapidly conjured cake and a rendition of happy birthday from the staff. Charlotte is not impressed.

Into this already strained relationship comes Alex, Charlotte's former husband who was thought to have died in a tsunami. This clearly brings with it a few problems. First, there is the fact that as Alex isn't dead, he remains Charlotte's husband, nullifying her marriage to François. Second, and arguably more of a problem, is that Alex still legally owns the hotel, even though it was rebuilt and its image completely transformed after Alex disappeared. Third, and perhaps the biggest problem of all, is that Charlotte appears to be gravitating towards Alex and away from François. However, François reluctantly agrees to give Alex a room, allowing him continuing access to Charlotte. Full board, you might say, which is the literal translation of the French title.
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