The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier)
Release Year: 2014
Director: Eric Lartigau
Writers: Victoria Bedos (original idea & scenario), Stanislas Carré de Malberg (scenario), Eric Lartigau (adaptation), Thomas Bidegain (adaptation)
Starring: Louane Emera, Karin Viard, François Damiens Eric Elmosino, Roxane Duran, Ilian Bergala, Luca Gelberg, Mar Sodupe
A girl, who lives with her deaf family, discovers that she has a talent for singing.
The titular family of this French comedy drama is both very ordinary and quite extraordinary. The daughter Paula (Louane Emera) is a normal teenage girl, who has to act as an interpreter for her family, in particular her dairy farmer father who ha decided to run for the office of mayor. As the expectations of her parents increase, Paula’s choir instructor (Eric Elmosnino) discover her hidden talent and begins training her to pursue a singing career. The coming clash is easy to spot from a far and is only made worse by her mother and father’s selfishness. The film has soe funny moments, and all the actor perform well, but its ending is surprisingly emotional and touching. A fine little comedy about letting go and being free to pursue one’s vocation – with some good songs!
Luca Gelberg, who plays the main character’s younger brother, is in fact deaf in real life.