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French Fried Vacation 3: Friends Forever (2006)

Les bronzés 3: amis pour la vie (original title)
Movie about friends who reunite after 20 years and a lot of things have changed.


Patrice Leconte
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josiane Balasko ... Nathalie Morin
Michel Blanc ... Jean-Claude Dus
Marie-Anne Chazel ... Gisèle 'Gigi' André
Christian Clavier ... Jérôme Tarayre
Gérard Jugnot ... Bernard Morin
Thierry Lhermitte ... Robert 'Popeye' Lespinasse
Dominique Lavanant Dominique Lavanant ... Christiane Weissmuller
Bruno Moynot Bruno Moynot ... Jambier
Martin Lamotte ... Augustin 'Miguel' Weissmuller
Doris Kunstmann ... Mme Franken
Arthur Jugnot Arthur Jugnot ... Benjamin Morin
Ornella Muti ... Graziella Sparaggi Lespinasse
Caterina Murino ... Elena
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... M. Guy
Franco Trevisi ... Professeur Cavani


Movie about friends who reunite after 20 years and a lot of things have changed.

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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

1 February 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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EUR35,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second collaboration between Caterina Murino and Christian Clavier after L'Enquête Corse (2004). See more »


Christiane Weissmuller: Gotcha, you fucking cunt!
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Follows French Fried Vacation (1978) See more »


Baila Morena
(Spanish version)
Performed by Zucchero featuring Mana
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Good French comedy, more formulaic than moving but ...fine!
4 January 2009 | by stuka24See all my reviews

If you liked films like "camping", this will make you laugh too!

Look beyond the "funny, great actors and nice landscapes" label and you'll see a mosaic of different personalities (or shall we say "personality disorders":)? Anyway, the casting is great, the musical theme is always there to cheer us up, and the plot is complex enough that can withstand watching it again after a couple of years and still discover new meanings, let alone other jokes.

Leconte made films as diverse as the masterful "Ridicule" (1996) and "Veuve de Saint-Pierre, La" (2000), which proves he can basically direct anything! One of his last oeuvres, "Mon meilleur ami" has the same "perfectly crafted but light" touch, but I think Bronzés 3 at least is more human, less politically correct. And it doesn't try to convey any "meaning".

Christian Clavier already showed us in "Vengeance d'une blonde, La" that he can have a film turn round him. In this case it's a bit less obvious, but even when he's not to blame, one is almost expecting "what he'll do next"! He's great as a likable troubled misfit, making us wiser by looking at his misery, tics and stubbornness.

This is a film on hearing, or the lack of communication. Since the beginning, when Jérôme Tarayre greets Thierry Lhermitte as "Popeye" even when he clearly says "Robert!", everybody has their own problems and couldn't care less for anybody else. Robert "Popeye" Lespinasse is no less tragic than Jérôme, he's only wealthier and more handsome. Ornella Muti is a bit of a disappointment. She doesn't act very well, and her looks are, to my dismay, not as stunning as they used to be. Gisèle 'Gigi' André is fine as the stupid blonde a bit overdue but nevertheless charming as a stereotype :). Funny to have learned she's the wife of Clavier in real life!

Josiane Balasko is cool as usual. I feel her talents are a bit underused here. Arthur Jugnot, who plays his husband, is quite better developed. Just when you forget about this eternal complainer, he pops up. Balasko has one of the best phrases: "Stop that circus!".

The IMDb message board on "L'allemande's dog" reveals just one of the great jokes that you may have missed.

Michel Blanc is obviously one of the best comedians around. This guy is afraid of nothing to make us laugh! After his Denis in "Marche à l'ombre" (1984), he doesn't stop surprising us. 'Jessie la Mèche', the way he mixes some English words, his wigs, "Putain d'Europe!"..

The mute groom, the beautiful cook Popeye tapes when she says her dream to him "cuisses", the captain Giuseppe's stern "tojour morte, merci", the unionized lobster thief...all secondary characters are superb!

I'm glad to read that a IMDb message board thread is "Quel est votre bronzé préferé?". This film deserves its "cult following".

I'll go to sleep listening to "baila" from Zucchero. Not bad for a "simple" comedy!

PS: The scenery is beautiful, yes. I had the luck of watching it on a THX cinema so now on TV5 I can remember the experience.

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