Artus’ film “Un p’tit truc en plus” becomes the biggest success of the year in French cinemas

Artus’ film “Un p’tit truc en plus” becomes the biggest success of the year in French cinemas
Artus’ film “Un p’tit truc en plus” becomes the biggest success of the year in French cinemas

The tidal wave observed since May 1 has continued over the past seven days, with 1.1 million additional admissions, according to figures released by CBO Box-Office on Wednesday.

This tender comedy, which aims to laugh with disabled people and not at their expense, is ahead of Denis Villeneuve’s super-production (4.1 million admissions) and the continuation of Po’s adventures in “Kung Fu Panda 4” (2.3 million) at the top of the 2024 box office.

Another feat, she is now hot on the heels of “Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom” by Guillaume Canet, the biggest French success in theaters since the health crisis, which attracted 4.6 million spectators in 2023 with a much higher budget.

Enough to prolong the “waking dream” of Artus and his gang, a week after their climb to the Cannes Film Festival for this film, which immediately created a surprise by signing the best start of the year, carried by its performance in the region and a timely launch on a public holiday.

Father and son on screen, Clovis Cornillac and Artus play two little thugs who hide in the middle of a summer camp for young people with mental disabilities, in order to escape the police. Artus poses as a boarder and Clovis Cornillac as his specialized educator.

Around ten amateur actors with disabilities respond to the cast of professionals, completed among others by Alice Belaïdi, bringing that “little extra something” which had nevertheless put off certain cautious producers, according to Artus.

His box office scores sound like revenge for this figure of humor – real name Victor-Artus Solaro -, who couldn’t have dreamed of better for his very first feature film behind the camera, at 36 years old.

Small “stone”

“In this somewhat anxiety-provoking era, it’s a film that does good” and which allows us to discover “a population that we don’t often see”, said the director to explain this rush into cinemas.

Its success recalls that of the drama “Le Huitième jour” (1996), carried by Daniel Auteuil and actor with Down syndrome Pascal Duquenne, and is in line with the success of “Intouchables” (2011), with Omar Sy and François Cluzet, and “La famille Bélier” (2014), with the singer Louane.

Associations working for people with disabilities also welcomed this comedy, believing that it represents a welcome little “stone” in trying to improve the situation of those mainly concerned.

On the sidelines of the Cannes Festival, cinema personalities (Léa Drucker, Alexandra Lamy and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache) signed a column, on the Libération website, for a “reform of the status of intermittent workers in the entertainment industry, towards disabled artists” in cinema and on television.

But the road to integration still remains long. When climbing the steps, Artus had to carry one of his actors, Sofian Ribes, who uses a wheelchair.

“It is no longer acceptable to see these kinds of images, it is an attack on the dignity of the person, to have to be carried to the top,” the Minister Delegate for People subsequently commented. disabled, Fadila Khattabi, in the newspaper Nice-Matin.

“Next year, the steps must be accessible to people with disabilities. It is not up to them to adapt to society, it is up to society as a whole to adapt to them,” had -she insists.

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