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Good clean fun, as expected from Goscinny adaptations
on 21 October 2017
Great fun, an innocent film of childhood in the 60s (pre-‘68!), when I was still at school, secondary school admittedly, but France being more traditional than Scotland, it’s very evocative of the late ‘50s primary school I knew. Except- the boys are SO clean! (The book is more honest on this score.)
The lads are well cast, Agnan the teacher’s pet, clype (telltale in English), with his lisp and expression of horror at his classmates’ antics, is a star, as is Alceste, the fat boy, Nicolas’s best friend, Clotaire, the hapless dunce is suitably confused.
The adults are up to the task of acting with children!! Kad Merad (“Bienvenu chez les Ch’tis ») copes with being Nicolas’s father with aplomb.
I’m pleased that English subtitles are optional - not all Anglophones are incapable of learning any other language!