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“Avoid sensitive issues: Israel, the Dalai Lama, burqas. Not a word about France’s soccer team.”
Marie and Claude Verneuil are a conservative, respectable upper-class couple with four beautiful daughters. The eldest three have married a Jew, an Arab and an Asian man respectively, so when they discover their fourth daughter is engaged to a Catholic, they’re delighted… until they discover he is African. Claude decides to sabotage the wedding, finding an unlikely ally in his potential son-in-law’s father, who agrees with Claude in one thing only: what did they do to deserve this?
The most successful French-language film of 2014 was a huge hit across Europe, making over $169 million worldwide. An edgy, fearless comedy about race and family, it was awarded Best Screenplay at this year’s Lumiere Awards.
Philippe de Chauveron
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