Welcome to Switzerland review

:. Director: Léa Fazer
:. Starring: Denis Podalydès, Emmanuelle Devos
:. Running Time: 1:45
:. Year: 2004
:. Country: France


For her first film, Lea Fazer chose self-mockery by drawing up an exhaustive list of all the stereotypes and clichés in force concerning her Swiss compatriots. Too ridiculous to be honest.

The presence of Vincent Pérez in the credits should have gotten us thinking. Although he grew up in the Lausanne region, the actor's accent is ridiculous. But the film does not need his presence to run the company, since the script and the setting see to it with great stereotypes. Everything happens: the drawling accent, from sandals a scratch to the obsession with cleanliness, the banks and their trunks in which one can lock up anything and everything, Swiss watches and punctuality, chocolate and Swiss gruyère cheese, and also the linguistic differences with the French language.

The entire first part of the film strives to crudely string together the clichés, before the romantic comedy takes over the narrative by complying with all the well-worn rules of a love triangle in which the woman hesitates between two radically different men. A great Sunday night movie for the entire family to teach children what Swiss people are like.

  Moland Fengkov

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