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Where Romain, Philippe and Alain are concerned, bailiffs will cause no distress…
Routinely plagued by officers of the law intent on seizing their belongings, the three friends have worked out a defense strategy to fend off such unwelcome – and often unlawful – visits. In fact the entire neighborhood has come to rely on their expertise at ridding themselves of bailiffs with a few aptly quoted provisions of the law…
But the new target is the home of Romain’s own ailing grandmother – a house dear to many in the neighborhood whose birthdays, engagements and weddings were celebrated there.
As the house means so much to so many, everybody volunteers to pitch in and help Romain and his grandmother resist the onslaught of the bailiffs.
The film alternates between scenes of pure comedy (the ruthless battle of the bailiffs) and more serious moments which address the basic issues of life – and death.
To me, a striking feature of this day and age is the individual’s revolt against the system. Nowadays, patients want to know what’s wrong with them, consumers think twice before they buy, people are careful about what they eat, and even taxpayers are timidly starting to query where their money goes. The bailiff is the Law, knocking on your door. You think it is all-powerful. It is complex and subtle. All you need to defend yourself is a little courage and the right information. Bailiffs are just a small cog in the system, but the attitude you have towards them is highly symbolic.
Christian Gion, director (excerpt from press kit)