A captivating new star is born in THE BÉLIER FAMILY, Eric Lartigau’s uproarious new comedy about family ties, the joy of music and breaking free, introducing beautiful newcomer Louane Emera.

La famille Bélier
Director: Eric Lartigau
Cast: Louane Emera, François Damiens, Karin Viard, Eric Elmosnino
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: France

MCoarse language

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The Belier Family

“Outstanding. A film that makes you laugh, think and cry.”

“It’s easy to see why the film has been a runaway hit – it has enormous charm and humour, a real sense of warmth and a knockout finale.”
Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE

“Charming and funny. Outstanding performances. The star of the show, undeniably, is spectacularly talented newcomer Emera, for whom it’s practically impossible not to root for as an audience. Her Paula’s a winner and like her character, she’s clearly got a great career ahead of her if she wants it.”

Leigh Paatsch, NEWS LTD

“Uplifting. Avoids the cloying sweetness of Hollywood by striking a gently subversive note… Theres no limits to the Bélier’s aspirations or inhibitions… it’s an inventive form of mayhem. With a big finish, the film sends us out on a high.”

“Sublime. A feel-good movie without any of the minuses that usually come with the territory. The humour and warmth, the charm, the pathos, and the topic make it a pleasure.”
Mark Demetrius, FILMINK

“Irresistible. A genuine crowd pleaser that is laugh-out-loud funny, raunchy and poignant. Sure to touch and move even the most ardent cynic.”

WINNER – 2015 LUMIERE AWARDS – Best Actress (Viard), Best Female Newcomer (Emera)
WINNER – 2015 CÉSAR AWARDS – Best Female Newcomer (Emera)
NOMINEE – 2015 CÉSAR AWARDS – Best Film, Best Actress (Viard), Best Actor (Damiens), Best Supporting Actor (Elmosnino), Best Female Newcomer (Emera), Best Original Screenplay
NOMINEE – 2015 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS – Best European Comedy

A captivating new star is born in THE BÉLIER FAMILY, Eric Lartigau’s fabulous, heart-felt comedy hit about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music.

In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful sixteen-year-old Paula (beautiful newcomer Louane Emera). She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm.

Though her salt-of-the-earth father (François Damiens) has decided to run for mayor – spurred on by her vivacious but over-involved mother (indelibly portrayed by Karin Viard) – Paula’s attentions are very much elsewhere. She’s witnessed the handsome new boy at school sign up for the choir, and impulsively joined too. It’s not long before her music teacher (Éric Elmosnino) discovers her considerable talent, however his encouragement only exacerbates the matter of Paula’s independence…

Building to a heart-soaring and emotional finale, THE BÉLIER FAMILY is a feel-great triumph. Emera, making her screen debut after being discovered on the French edition of The Voice, is a genuine revelation – she lends both sincerity and joy to this deeply moving film that has been a word-of-mouth phenomenon across Europe, achieving over 10 million admissions to date and becoming France’s most popular film of 2015.

Eric Lartigau discusses how his film has turned a teenager from The Voice into a movie star with The Age’s Philippa Hawker.

Eric Lartigau discusses the film on the eve of the Aus and NZ Alliance Française French Film Festival premieres (video).

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