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by Christian Clavier


Having lived well beyond his means, César Borgnoli, an Italian car dealer, is on the brink of ruin. His sister Alex, who lives with her girlfriend Kim, offers to save the family business by cutting him a deal. César must pretend to be Kim's husband so that they can go to Thailand to legally adopt little Maily, an adorable 5-year-old girl that Alex and Kim long to welcome in their home. César imagines that it'll just be a matter of a weekend trip during which he can combine business and pleasure. However, the vibe is bad between him and Kim, his "new wife." And then there's the local police, Chinese triads, and a few heads of stuffed fish... The weekend quickly becomes a nightmare. The phoney couple has barely arrived at the airport when they're greeted by Doctor Luix, the orphanage's doctor, a neurotic, grumpy widower who believes in traditional weddings and is very attached to Maily. The scrupulous doctor accompanies César and Kim on their adventure to reassure himself that they are the perfect parents for the little girl, and above all to verify that they form a real couple. Faced by the spectacle of this pair who never stop bickering, Doctor Luix is initially surprised, then becomes amazed. Then comes the day that he is stopped in his tracks by gorgeous Alex, who arrives in Bangkok to get her brother out of jail.

original title: On ne choisit pas sa famille
country: France
sales agent: Kinology
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Christian Clavier
film run: 103'
release date: FR 09/11/2011
screenplay: Christian Clavier, Michel Delgado
cast: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Muriel Robin, Héléna Noguerra, Michel Vuillermoz, Maily Florentin Dao, Hélène Patarot, Anna Gaylor, Caroline Anglade, Sophie-Charlotte Husson
cinematography by: Pascal Ridao
film editing: Christophe Pinel
art director: Isabelle Quillard
costumes designer: Marie-Noelle Van Meerbeeck
music: Ramon Pipin
producer: Denis Pineau-Valencienne, François Kraus, Christian Clavier
production: Les Films du Kiosque, Ouille Productions, TF1 Studio Production, Studio 37
distributor: Universal Pictures Universal Pictures International France
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