|Running time:||88 minutes|
|Release date:||16 june 2021|
It is always interesting to discover a popular comedy in theaters and to see the reaction of the public as it unfolds. In this case, we must recognize that despite its lack of obvious originality, the new film by Eric Lavaine after the rather successful Incognito (2009), Barbecue (2014), Return to my mother's house (2016), L'Embarras du choix (2017), Chamboultout (2019) and the forgettable Poltergay (2006), Protect and serve (2010) amply keeps its promises to entertain us and spend a good time. Certainly, Un tour chez ma fille which is the sequel to Retour chez ma mère allows us to find around Josiane Balasko Mathilde Seigner, Jérôme Commandeur and Philippe Lefebvre but this time unfortunately without the irresistible Alexandra Lamy who made all the charm of the first part.
While in the first part it was her daughter, Stephanie (Alexandra Lamy) who was forced to return to Jacqueline's (Josiane Balasko) home and had to re-acclimate to her mother's way of life, this time it is her daughter who is forced to go to her other daughter Carole and her son-in-law's home while her dispute with her neighbor Jean (Didier Flamand) and the work in her apartment is completed. As in the first part, the main elements of the plot come from the confrontation of two generations with different lifestyles. While Jacqueline is rather stubborn to the point of not listening to her son-in-law or her daughter Carole and she interferes more and more in their lives even if it means calling her daughter at work because she can't use her daughter's TV to watch her favorite series on TF1.
The script by Eric Lavaine, Hector Cabello Reyes and Bruno Lavaine is quite ingenious in its constant desire to make the action credible and to show the little foibles of each of the characters and their forced cohabitation. In the same way, the numerous pretenses will make the task even more difficult for Carole's husband who is not only in the midst of a relationship crisis but also has to keep many secrets that his mother-in-law entrusts to him (the misunderstandings are numerous here and work perfectly).
While many distributors in France seem to want to re-release some films already available on VOD or video, we can only salute Pathé Distribution for finally offering us a new family film that will remind us of the importance of our movie theaters to discover and share a film together. The many laughs in the room show that this film amply achieves its mission and makes us forget the very difficult times we went through following this worldwide pandemic linked to Covid 19.
A Trip to My Mother's House
Directed by Eric Lavaine
Produced by Vincent Roger, Jérôme Seydoux
Written by Éric Lavaine, Hector Cabello Reyes and Bruno Lavaine
Starring Josiane Balasko, Mathilde Seigner, Jérôme Commandeur, Philippe Lefebvre, Didier Flamand, Jean-François Cayrey, Line Renaud, Sophie Le Tellier Sébastien Castro, Jean-Michel Lahmi, José Paul
Music by Grégory Louis, Lucas Lavaine
Cinematography : Antoine Roch
Edited by Julia Danel, Vincent Zuffranieri
Production companies : Pathé Production, Same Player, TF1 Films Productions
Distributed by Pathé Distribution (France)
Release date : June 16, 2021 (France)
Running time : 88 minutes
Seen on May 30, 2021 at Gaumont Disney Village, Room 09 place B20