“Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu” (aka Serial (Bad) Weddings) by Philippe de Chauveron (2014)

It’s a French comedy. Not entirely successful but witty and funny at times.
The film aims at the almost impossible – taming the French middle-class viewpoint at ethnicity and the changing face and reality of contemporary France. Take immigration in 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation. Are they French or are they not? Different religious backgrounds, almost no difference in accents. Four middle-class French daughters marry for love. Each maintains successful relationships, bears children, implements tolerance on a daily basis.
It’s the 4 daughters’ father who has an issue with this reality. Perhaps it is in a way observant to introduce the ‘other side’. To introduce a black father who is against his son marrying into a white family. What is failed here is that no actual potential problems are presented. Perhaps because France is one of the few countries in Europe where multiculturalism has actually been in place for several decades. Mixed race children are all brought up to the same set of values like family, tolerance, fusion (especially in the kitchen) and patriotism. All the immigrant husbands can sing la Marseillaise in full voice with pride. They all observe Christmas and attend the midnight mass on Christmas Eve to be with the family. Even though, Jesus was “only a prophet” to both David and Rachid (Jewish and Muslim).
All served in a light French way can leave some envious of such perfectly integrated society that despite minor cracks, manages to thrive among other European countries struggling with the growing size of immigrants of diverse backgrounds. Perhaps the lesson is this: learn from the French.

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