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Welcome to the Sticks ( Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis ) ( Welcome to the Land of Shtis )

Philippe Duquesne , Michel Galabru , Dany Boon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philippe Duquesne, Michel Galabru, Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Félix
  • Directors: Dany Boon
  • Producers: Welcome to the Sticks ( Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis ) ( Welcome to the Land of Shtis ), Welcome to the Sticks, Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, Welcome to the Land of Shtis
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 102.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015UVVN4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Focuses on the people who live in north France, making fun of the region's unflattering stereotypes to reveal the warmth of the people. A post office manager in Provence is punished when his superiors reassign him north. When he hears that 'north' does not mean Lyons or even Paris, he despairs. Colleagues tell him of a freezing dark place where it rains all year, people live in red-brick terrace houses and dunk Maroilles cheese in their coffee. When he arrives in Bergues, his car collides with Antoine Bailleul, a postman and carillon ringer in the town belfry. He believes that Antoine has a fractured jaw, but it is just his accent. The outsider, of course, finds that the Ch'timi have hearts of gold and are friendly to strangers, unlike Parisians or southerners. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: European Film Awards, ...Welcome to the Sticks ( Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis ) ( Welcome to the Land of Shtis )

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh till you cry into your good Ch'ti beer 17 May 2009
By Peloton
I saw this in France while staying with my cousin, who's lucky enough to live there. It's in French; my French isn't wonderful. So how come I laughed till the tears rolled? Just stick English subtitles on (which somehow have an accent) and enjoy! This is that rare thing, the French taking the mickey out of themselves. You have to bear in mind that the largest French audience is going to be Ile de France, ie near Paris, so the so-called 'southern' French characters don't speak with Midi accents, otherwise no-one would understand anybody. But the comic timing is wonderful, the editing is wonderful, and I can't understand why the film isn't more widely available outside France. Apparently there's going to be an English version, involving Will Smith. Interesting to see if it can retain the charm of the original.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Helen
A friend asked me to go and watch this film with her - I had never heard of it but I enjoy going to the cinema (especially the Rex in Berkhamsted). This film was brilliant! It was so funny and when I tried to explain to my friends and family why it was so funny I could see that I wasn't very good at conveying what I had seen. After lots of searching I eventually found it on Amazon from an international seller. I didn't buy it at first because I thought it might not be as I wanted - French with English subtitles and working on an English Region code. I have now bought it and I watched it with friends and like me they all agreed it was a gem! I would say this is in my top 5 favorite movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into Northern France 30 Jun 2011
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This film is a classic all about perceptions within France about Northern France from people in the South.At first when a southern post master is posted as a punishment to the north all his misconceptions seem vindicated. However the locals take him to their heart and the scenes where he goes home and pretends everything is awful are well done. Of course he is found out when his wife decides to join him but look out for the section where they take her to an old mining village where everything is run down and broken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even English audiences can enjoy this 4 Jun 2011
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The horror of an employee being transferred from the South to the North of France has relevance in other cultures (just look at the reaction of BBC employees moving from London to Manchester). Good acting, with many Gallic expressions, ensures it can transfer to international audiences. As a result of seeing the film we actually hopped across the Channel to visit Bergues, the town featured in the film, and were very pleasantly surprised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis 11 April 2010
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Having read about this film in a magazine for French learners I was intrigued. The story is basically of a husband who wants for his wife's sake to have a posting in the South of France. His methods were unorthodox ( you will need to watch the film) and he ends up being sent to the North of France regarded by many French as the end of the world.

His trials and tribulations in the Ch'tis area of Northern France make entertaining watching and the film leaves you with a feel-good ending.

I was glad of the sub-titles but it is a fun film to watch and the director ends the film with a touching tribute to his mum who is/ was a Ch'ti.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slight, but a great feelgood movie 16 Jun 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Dany Boon's Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis/Welcome to the Sticks became France's biggest box-office hit in record time when it pulled in over $184m in France alone, although it's made barely a ripple in the English-speaking world - a shame, because this good natured culture clash comedy is a lot of fun. Kad Merad is the post office manager who gets caught pretending to be disabled to secure a transfer to the South of France only to be given the worst punishment in the post office's power: a transfer to the cold north of France, the Toxteth or Detroit of France. Once there he quickly discovers that (unlike Toxteth) it's not the backward disease-ridden inbred peasant slum of popular ridicule, but finds that comforting his imagined suffering cheers up his depressed wife back home, so ends up persuading his new friends to live down to all the horror stories when she comes to visit...

It's not the most original plot or treatment in the world, with much of the wordplay built around the local accent that adds chti to every other word straight out of Abbott and Costello's Who's On First routine, but while predictable it's still very funny more often than not. The early scenes are among the funniest, be it Michel Galabru's Dickensian (or should that be Hugoian?) horror stories of a childhood in the north to the sympathetic traffic cop who tears up a ticket when he finds out the condemned man's destination, and the end is rather abrupt, but it's a confident feelgood comedy that delivers the goods. Kudos to Michael Katims' excellent subtitle adaptation that manages to pull off the tricky alliteration, puns and wordplay that a lesser translator might decide were simply untranslatable.

The French 2-disc set offers a wealth of unsubtitled extras, from a few deleted scenes and outtakes to lengthy documentaries and a themed French episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, but the film itself boasts both optional English subtitles and a very good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest film , pure comedy. 27 Feb 2010
This is the funniest film I have ever seen. It had the audience laughing out loud.

You dont need to speak French to enjoy it. Pure slapstick , with some subtle humour thrown in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We had a French night and watched Les Visiteurs (also brilliantly funny) first then followed by this film. I laughed so hard I got a headache. I'd heard about this film, and was worried that my very limited French would not be up to the local jokes about nuances of accent and slang/idiom, but the sub-titles (English ones) were brilliantly conceived and I guffawed along as the film played out - they write the Northern accent in English with 'ish'es' on everything, and there are some lovely scenes which are as incomprehensible to an English reader as the spoken words would have been to a French speaker, really well done to convey this key aspect of the comedy. I know this film would be funnier if you lived in France, and perhaps even the North, but the humour is easily accessible to an Australian. I have a theory that French comedy and Australian comedy is very similar, with a love of the absurd and the 'piss-take', and I can also state that everyone else watching was likewise in hysterics. If you are worried about the humour being a bit nasty (it is after all a film about the sticks in the North of France) rest assured that the makers of the film clearly love the place for its warmth and quirkiness. There are lots of jokes about Northern stereotypes, but the film has a very warm and lovely feel. Two standout scenes in the film are the Post Masters' first dinner as he masters the accent and idioms (check out the out-takes during the end credits, they are just as funny as the scene itself) and the scene when the Post Master's wife arrives in the 'town' for the first time. It is a good thing that there were sub-titles as no one could have heard what was being said due to all the laughter going on. This was a very funny film with a real warmth and love of the area; I can't wait to return to France so we can go and spend some time there, and declare my love of 'Shteevie' Wonder's music to the locals - I am assuming that they will laugh and not thump me
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a great film. It shows that it is not just in England that there is a north/south divide.
Published 24 days ago by David A W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very funny - the subtitles do their best to convey the complexities of the language and overall it works well even for us English speakers.
Published 1 month ago by Anony Mouse
1.0 out of 5 stars Well acted French farce
I felt this to be a rather childish story although it was filmed and acted well enough, but unfortunately not my cup of tea.
Published 2 months ago by Jean A. Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars V pleasant
It's a v pleasant film.But some of the reviews are way over the top.Several times we laughed out loud,but not the shaking belly experience some would have you believe. Read more
Published 5 months ago by brian marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic French Comedy
This is one of those heartwarming films that would be familiar whether you are French or now. English subtitles, but easy to follow and delightfully funny from start to finish.
Published 5 months ago by Chris Gough
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This film is hilarious! A really funny film you will want to watch again.
A definite recomend for comedy lovers
Published 6 months ago by Veliota Drosou
5.0 out of 5 stars A really nice feel-good film !
I bought this DVD for use in a cinema as a birthday treat [ 40th ] for my daughter.
It is just a really nice feel good film that we first viewed on a wet Sunday afternoon a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rupert Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars This DVD has no English subtitles
This DVD has no English subtitles. The subtitles are available only in Dutch or Flemish, and the film is in French. Not even any French subtitles.
Published 7 months ago by reader99
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny
Warning: I was watching this in bed, drinking tea, and mumbling discontentedly to myself that it wasn't that funny when suddenly it took off, and I snorted tea all over the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tech journalist
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, is a French comedy that links wonderfully with the English north/south divide. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gcranshaw
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