Seven French films in 2006 Top 10
by Fabien Lemercier
04/01/2007 - French cinema has had a flamboyant year with the 4.44m admissions clocked up in three weeks by Luc Besson’s Arthur and the Invisibles [trailer], making it the seventh French title to join the 2006 Top 10.
The animated film, the sixth most seen title in 2006, completes a hat trick of successful productions by Luc Besson after The Big Blue (9.2m filmgoers) and The Fifth Element.
Meanwhile, Fabien Onteniente’s Camping [trailer] ended the year in fourth position with 5.46m filmgoers, while You Are So Beautiful [trailer] by Isabelle Mergault (3.55m) was the seventh most popular title, followed by Eric Lartigau’s Rent A Wife [trailer] (3.43m), Days of Glory [trailer, film focus] by Rachid Bouchareb (3.1m, see Focus) and Francis Veber’s The Valet [trailer] (3.08m).
Other successful releases in 2006 included Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One [trailer] (2.7m filmgoers, 13th position), OSS 117 [trailer] by Michel Hazavanicius (2.29m, 14th), Orchestra Seats [trailer] by Danièle Thompson (1.96m, 18th) and animated title Azur and Asmar [trailer] by Michel Ocelot (1.6m).
Unexpected hits were Those Happy Days [trailer] by Eric Toledano and Oliver Nakache (1.47m), Don’t Worry, I’m Fine [trailer] by Philippe Lioret (886,000), Denis Dercourt’s The Page Turner [trailer, film focus] (735,000) and, last but not least, The Singer [trailer] by Xavier Giannoli (952,000).
Moving onto European releases, Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver [trailer, film focus] (see Focus) proved the 15th most seen film in French cinemas in 2006 with 2.28m admissions, while Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [trailer] by German helmer Tom Tykwer ended the year in 46th position with 910,000 filmgoers.
British cinema also had a good year with The Wind That Shakes the Barley [trailer, film focus] by Ken Loach (913,000, 45th position, see Focus), The Queen [trailer, film focus] by Stephen Frears (859,000, 51st, see Focus), Nanny McPhee [trailer] by Kirk Jones (769,000, 60th) and Scoop [trailer] by Woody Allen (757,000, 62nd).
(Translated from French)