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|Originaltitel:||Qu`est-ce qu`on a fait au bon dieu?|
|Regie:||Philippe de Chauveron|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 97 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Monsieur Claude (Christian Clavier) and his wife Marie Verneuil (Chantal Lauby) are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters. The couple loves not only their children, but also their family traditions. Therefore they are not very pleased when their first three daughters choose husbands who do not correspond at all to their traditional ideas: Ségolène (Emilie Caen) marries the Chinese Chao (Frédéric Chau), Isabelle (Frédérique Bel) the Muslim Rachid (Medi Sadoun) and Odile (Julia Piaton) finally the Jew David (Ary Abittan). Every family reunion becomes a multicultural test of stress for the parents and every conversation an emotional minefield. All hope now lies in little daughter Laure (Elodie Fontan). When she announces her intention to marry a French Catholic, Claude and Marie find the world fine again - until they face their son-in-law, the black Charles (Noom Diawara). Now the disaster seems perfect. But when Charles' family arrives from Africa for the wedding and his father André (Pascal Nzonzi) reveals similarly great reservations against this mixed marriage, the chaos really gets going…
Comedies about the multicultural society are currently booming. But the French hit "Monsieur Claude und seine Töchter" clearly stands out from the crowd. Because here not only two different cultures and religions meet, but also five. And this, of course, gives director Philippe de Chauveron and his co-author Guy Laurent the opportunity to play with clichés and stereotypes and draw on the full potential of the screenplay. Here everyone really has prejudices against the others, which is why not only between Monsieur Claude and his daughters, but also between the sons-in-law there are amusing frictions between them.
Very good is the fact that the film isn't positioned rather one-sided like other multicultural comedies and calls for you to open up to other cultures in order to really understand them. Rather, de Chauveron also tries to show how difficult it can be when one has to realize that one's own, very important traditions disappear more and more as a result and that at some point they are only rudimentarily present. With a mixture of subversive humor and unrestrained slapstick, the film actually manages not only to romanticize the mixture of different cultures, but also to take the worries of more traditionally minded people seriously and to portray Monsieur Claude not only as a stubborn bourgeois or disguised racist.
Another advantage of the film is its humor, which is not afraid to give out side blows beyond political correctness. And even here everybody gets his fat off. In an extremely funny way, the movie shows that there are prejudices in almost all minds, even in those who are convinced that they are only victims of everyday racism. This may all sound like heavy food now. But the opposite is true. "Monsieur Claude and his daughters" is a very light comedy and one of the most amusing feel-good films from France since "Ziemlich beste Freunde". Philippe de Chauveron has managed very well to tell a very multifaceted message in a humorous way and without raising the moral index finger. That's charming, a little bit evil and above all incredibly funny.
Sure, "Monsieur Claude and his daughters" is not necessarily an upscale arthouse fare for fine spirits, but first and foremost a light summer comedy, which isn't too bad even for some little silly things. Of course, the conflicts here dissolve a little too easily and the walls in people's heads are torn down too quickly. But that's exactly what makes the film's feel-good character so special. So if you generally like French comedies and just want to have a good laugh again, this likeable film can be warmly recommended to you. Absolutely worth seeing]
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