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Welcome To The Sticks (2008)


Welcome to the Sticks (original title: “Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis”) is a 2008 French comedy film directed and co-written by . The film follows the story of Philippe Abrams (played by ), a post office manager from Salon-de-Provence in the south of France. In an attempt to secure a job transfer to the French Riviera, Philippe feigns disability, but his plan backfires when he is caught. As punishment, he is instead transferred to Bergues, a small town in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France. Philippe, who has preconceived notions about the region, expects the worst. However, upon his arrival, he discovers that the people of Bergues, known as Ch'tis, are friendly, warm-hearted, and welcoming. The film explores the cultural differences between the North and South of France and challenges stereotypes.


“Welcome to the Sticks” received widespread acclaim for its humor, heartwarming storyline, and the performances of the cast. The film's success lies in its ability to poke fun at regional stereotypes while conveying a positive message about overcoming prejudices. , who also stars in the film, was praised for his direction and performance.


Philippe Abrams, initially disappointed about his transfer to the North, gradually adapts to life in Bergues. He forms close bonds with the locals, including Antoine Bailleul (played by ), a postman who helps him acclimate to the Ch'ti dialect. As Philippe experiences the warmth and camaraderie of the people, he begins to question his initial biases. The film explores themes of friendship, community, and the importance of embracing diversity.


“Welcome to the Sticks” became a massive box-office success in France and received several accolades. While it didn't garner major international awards, its popularity and positive reception in France contributed to its success.


The film achieved remarkable popularity in France, becoming one of the highest-grossing French films of all time. Its success was not only due to its humorous take on regional differences but also because it resonated with audiences who appreciated its heartwarming message.

“Welcome to the Sticks” is celebrated for its blend of comedy and genuine storytelling, making it a beloved classic in French cinema.

Directed by
Written by
Produced by Claude Berri
Jérôme Seydoux
Music by Philippe Rombi
Distributed by Pathé Distribution
Release date
  • 20 February 2008
Running time
106 minutes
Country France
Languages French

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