The Béliers are ordinary people: Rodolphe and Gigi are married, have two children and run their farm for a living. Ordinary people? Well, almost... since three of them, Dad, Mum and their son Quentin, are deaf. Which is not the case of the boy's big sister, Paula. And not only can she speak but her music teacher scouts her beautiful voice as well. He offers her to sit for the entrance exam of the Maîtrise de Radio France, a vocal elite choir in Paris. Her parents, who rely on her as their ears and mouth in the outside world, take the news badly. Paula, who hates the idea of betraying her parents and her brother, goes through a painful dilemma...Written by
Michel Sardou (1947-) is a French singer and songwriter. He is known for his love songs such as "La Maladie d'Amour", "Je vais t'aimer" (both used in the film) as well as for songs dealing with social and political issues. His popularity has spanned 50 years, as of 2015. See more »
After the cast list, there are photos of Rodolphe as Mayor with Gigi, of Thomasson's wedding to Mademoiselle Dos Santos, and of Paula and Gabriel in Paris. See more »
And they achieve to do so, even while not being political correct. And sexually open minded. Not that there is any nudity in it, but as the MPAA would state it (I reckon): adult situations, language and then some ... well maybe not the last part, but you get where I'm heading with this. But all in the name of comedy and if you're not easily offended, you will actually see a heart warming story of a dysfunctional family, that's actually more normal than others.
Family issues are the toughest to handle, because you deal with them every day. And it's a surefire trap for falling into clichés. But even when that seems to be the case, the movie always has a solution that works in its favor. The comedy and the acting feel fresh and natural, rather than scripted and boring.
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