Although living a comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence, a charming town in the South of France, Julie has been feeling depressed for a while. To please her, Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, her husband, tries to obtain a transfer to a seaside town, on the French Riviera, at any cost. The trouble is that he is caught red-handed while trying to scam an inspector. Philippe is …. Philippe does everything to get a job at an office on the Mediterranean coast to make her happy.
As this desirable position will only be granted to a disabled person, Abrams pretends that he is — and is found out by the management. As punishment, he is banished for two years to Bergues , a town near Dunkirk in northern France. Northern France — and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in particular — is considered "the sticks" — a cold and rainy place inhabited by unsophisticated ch'tis who speak a strange dialect called " ch'ti " in local parlance, and " cheutimi " in the South.
He has to spend his first night at the home of Antoine, a member of his staff. Philippe initially dislikes Antoine for his obnoxious behaviour and because he initially thinks Antoine is gay but, later he finds out that he secretly has a crush on Annabelle, one of the workers at the post office. However, Antoine and Philippe later become best friends.
To Philippe's surprise, Bergues proves to be a charming place teeming with warm, friendly people and co-workers. Soon, he is completely won over, eating smelly Maroilles cheese ; talking to virtually every local by delivering their mail, and accepting the recipients' invitation for a drink ; playing at the beach; playing the carillon at the bell tower together, drinking beer like a local, going to an RC Lens football match and so forth.
He tries to describe the happy turn of events to his wife who has remained in the South with their young son, but she does not believe him.
This inspires Philippe to tell her what she wants to believe; that his life is wretched there. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This.
A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back. Director: Dany Boon. Added to Watchlist. Vintage Looks: Stars at the Beach. Solite Comedy Movies. Share this Rating Title: Welcome to the Sticks 7. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Kad Merad Philippe Abrams Dany Boon Julie Abrams Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret Download watch Lt.