This medieval comedy is coming to us from France and you know what this means: lots of slapstick, great jokes, jumping and talking really fast. You get used to this and once that happens, you can enjoy in so many great French movies. The movies that broke me were Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez or The Troops of St. Tropez, that I watched when I was younger. Starring Louis de Funès, a comedic genius, for the first time I was introduced to a comedic style that wasn’t as abstract as Monty Python or as simplistic as what Hollywood had to offer. The deal hasn’t changed much in all these years, so The Visitors might be the best movie to kickstart your French comedy addiction. Les Visiteurs is a classic tale of time travel and inability to function in the modern world. This is a safe bet that works best if the crew involved knows what it’s doing and this crew knew it. Starring Clavier and Reno, this is an almost non-stop laughs comedy, in every scene something is strange and off and because the atmosphere is very energetic and uplifting, you can’t help laughing. Frantic editing and now famous close-ups are something that will stay with you.

Les visiteurs [1993] Movie Review Recommendation PosterIt is the year of our lord Satan 1123 and Godefroy Amaury de Malfete just saved the life of his king. To repay him, the king offers him the hand of his beautiful daughter. With everything set for the wedding of the century, an evil witch curses Godefroy making him fuck up the entire thing. With the wedding off and his life in ruins, Godefroy decides to seek help from a sorcerer Eusebius, who instead of sending him and his servant Jacquard back in time, sends them into the future…

At this point, I must mention the translation as one of the most important elements of this movie. In order to fully get the jokes, the translation must be good and when I say good, I mean really good. Now I don’t speak French, but I had the fortune to watch this movie with phenomenal subtitles that captured what the film-makers were trying to do, so it can be done. People are just fucking lazy. And underpaid (that socialism cannot come sooner). Still, there’s enough humor here for everybody and for kids especially because the movie has a structure of a cartoon. This movie was a huge hit in France and this was an intended effect, so expect really great sets, costimography and all that other shit. There have been several sequels but none of them reached the quality of the original.

 

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré

Cast: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Bela Grushka, Marie-Anne Chazel

Fun Facts: After the final credits role, stick around for a “Hello to all you credits-lovers!” accompanied by a waving medieval knight.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108500/

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