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On ne choisit pas sa famille - © 2011  - Thibault Grabherr - Universal Pictures International France

On ne choisit pas sa famille

A Feature film by Christian Clavier

Produced by Les Films du Kiosque, Ouille Productions

Release in France : 09/11/2011

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Les Films du Kiosque, Ouille Productions

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Orange Studio, Kinology

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Having lived well beyond his means, César Borgnoli, an Italian car dealer, is on the brink of ruin. His sister Alex, who lives with her girlfriend Kim, offers to save the family business by cutting him a deal. César must pretend to be Kim's husband so that they can go to Thailand to legally adopt little Maily, an adorable 5-year-old girl that Alex and Kim long to welcome in their home.

César imagines that it'll just be a matter of a weekend trip during which he can combine business and pleasure. However, the vibe is bad between him and Kim, his "new wife." And then there's the local police, Chinese triads, and a few heads of stuffed fish... The weekend quickly becomes a nightmare. The phoney couple has barely arrived at the airport when they're greeted by Doctor Luix, the orphanage's doctor, a neurotic, grumpy widower who believes in traditional weddings and is very attached to Maily.

The scrupulous doctor accompanies César and Kim on their adventure to reassure himself that they are the perfect parents for the little girl, and above all to verify that they form a real couple.

Faced by the spectacle of this pair who never stop bickering, Doctor Luix is initially surprised, then becomes amazed. Then comes the day that he is stopped in his tracks by gorgeous Alex, who arrives in Bangkok to get her brother out of jail.



On ne choisit pas sa famille

French Trailer

Photos (23)

Full credits (16)

Executive Producers :

François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne, Christian Clavier

Line Producers :

Jean-Paul de Vidas, Serge Thimbre

Director of Photography :

Pascal Ridao

Production Manager :

Jacques Attia

Editor :

Christophe Pinel

Continuity supervisor :

Marguerite Perlado

Music Composer :

Ramon Pipin

Costume designer :

Marie-Noëlle Van Meerbeeck

Assistant Director :

Ivan Fegyveres

Screenwriters :

Christian Clavier, Michel Delgado

Sound Recordist :

Marc-Antoine Beldent

Press Attaché (film) :

Alexandra Schamis

Sound editors :

Jean Gargonne, Jean-Noël Yven

Production Designer :

Isabelle Quillard

Casting :

Françoise Menidrey, Sylvie Brocheré

Sound Mixer :

François-Joseph Hors

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 43 min

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Dolby SRD

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