The Belier Family DVD Review

DVD Review by Cam Eagle

The Premise
The Béliers are ordinary people: Rodolphe and Gigi are married, have two children and run their farm for a living. Ordinary people? Well, almost... since three of them, Dad, Mum and their son Quentin, are deaf. And not only can the daughter, Paula, speak but her music teacher scouts her beautiful voice as well. He offers her to sit for the entrance exam of the Maîtrise de Radio France, a vocal elite choir in Paris. Her parents, who rely on her as their ears and mouth in their world, take the news badly. Paula, who weighs the idea of betraying her family, goes through a painful dilemma.

The ReviewWhile three of the Belier family are deaf, they do not play the victim card; quite the opposite. Rather than feeling sorry for themselves they do everything, if not more than ‘ordinary’ people do and celebrate their deafness. 

The quaint family brings this delightful movie to life with lovable quirky characters in a pretty farm-yard setting. So take a quick trip to the French valley, and Paris. There are plenty of lovable characters to enjoy in this light hearted comedy including the father who runs for mayor and the music teacher who is blunt to the point of cruelty.

The Belier family is the glue that holds this movie together. Even when they appear rather dysfunctional, the realism of family dynamics overcomes the larger than life characterisations.

It’s lovely to watch Paula, the daughter, blossom into a semi-confident young lady and step into her destiny, through the ups and downs of this cheesy family who sell cheese in the local market.

The Belier Family is mostly good clean fun and during the occasional moments of edgy humour, leaning on your funny bone helps to gets you through them.

The VerdictThe Belier Family are a delight. The way this family sticks together is ‘trés bien’. This film delivers what it sets out to be; a French family comedy with enough eye candy to hold everyone’s interest.

The Trailer

The InfoDVD Releases: 13th July 2016
Rating: M - Contains offensive language
Duration: 106 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy Drama
Starring: Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera, Roxane Duran, Ilian Bergala, Luca Gelberg, Mar Sodupe
Director: Eric Lartigau (The Players, The Big Picture)

The ExtrasLuca Gelberg (Quentin Belier) is, in fact a deaf person. 
The song "Je vole" was written by Michel Sardou as a suicide note of a teenager [as he explained in his autobiography]. In the movie the lyrics were slightly changed (except the refrain) to fit to the theme of the movie, which is leaving home for a career, not suicide.