Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Land of Shtis) (Welcome to the Sticks)
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Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Land of Shtis) (Welcome to the Sticks)
A man born and raised on France's Southern coast is exiled to the Northern territories in this comedy from actor, director and screenwriter Dany Boon. Philippe Abrams (Kad Merad) helps run the post office in a picturesque small town in the South of France, Salon de Provence. Philippe's wife Julie (Zoe Felix) has been down in the dumps, and he thinks one way to lift her spirits would be to relocate to the more glamorous surroundings of the Cote d'Azur. However, Philippe's attempts to finagle a transfer (by pretending that he is handicapped) fail, and when the ruse is discovered,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's nothing revolutionary or artistically groundbreaking here, but there's something reassuring in the fact that this is what the French have anointed as their biggest hit. Vive la (low-key) différence."
‑ Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail
"Welcome to the Sticks is the most successful movie ever released in France, possibly because self-deprecating humour is so rare there."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"A winner. Puts its tale of a southern postal worker hoping for a transfer to the Côte d'Azur through the very effective reverse psychology wringer when he ends up in the dreaded north instead - but discovers he loves it."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"[Dany] Boon tinkers with the formula just enough to make his story fresh and the sentiment at its heart not too sweet, though compounded contrivances in the last 30 minutes of the picture threaten to unravel its peculiar magic."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"In this comedy about misconceptions, love and true friendship, Danny Boon gives us an enjoyable lesson in avoiding making assumptions about people"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"den mporeis kai ola na ta katalabaineis ap' aytin tin farsokomodia poy den stereitai ekstatikon empneyseon sti domi, ektos ki an ta 'heis zisei apo konta"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Thoroughly enjoyable and contagiously funny, this is solid French gold"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile