" You never know, in misunderstanding it can work ", " I feel that tonight I will end ": these famous copies have entered popular culture in France, which Jean-Claude Dusse's song on his chair lift: " When will I see you again, wonderful country … ".
But nothing initially suggests that this movie would be a classic.
After " The Bronzed ", a parody of the holiday clubs released in November 1978 – making 2.3 million admissions, a good result but not a record for the time ̵
" The producer thought" Les Bronzés "would be a good success, and had already told us before the movie came out that we would do a number 2 (…). We were not sure, then let we are convinced "says Patrice Leconte, who had previously only seen one film," Vespers was closed from the inside. "
Remains serious on the set
The members of the Troupe of the Splendid, who prevail in the cafe theater – Christian Clavier, Michel Blanc, Gerard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte, Josiane Balasko and Marie-Anne Chazel – are at the end of 1978 in Val d & # 39; Isere to  They wanted to start with a dark humor, they initially imagine a movie inspired by the drama of Flight 571 from Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya that crashed in the Andes Mountains in 1972, and whose survivors had to eat the dead bodies
" Obviously, Yves Rousset-Rouard was very opposed, because he said "we don't do a comedy with it" "recalls Patrice Leconte.
While the producer is struggling to complete his funding, Splendid members are finally leaving a more classic history of the snow holiday by taking their characters from the first game.
Among them are the clumsy bachelor Jean-Claude Dusse (Miche l Blanc), the inveterate drummer Popeye (Thierry Lhermitte), the pair of Bernard and Nathalie, who have become new rich (Gérard Jugnot and Josiane Balasko), the doctor Jérôme and his wife Gigi, who runs a creperie (Christian Clavier and Marie-Anne Chazel), or the Christiane cosmetologist (Dominique Lavanant)
The photography will be accompanied by some difficulties, especially related to the weather, but also sincere slices of fun. This is for example during the stage among mountaineers who offer them "fougne", made with leftover cheese and shallots, recalls Patrice Leconte. " It was very difficult to shoot because we wanted to laugh too much "
Timeless characters and story
When it comes out, the film will continue without waking the crowds, making less entrance than the first part (1.6 million). But it will sail over time and its many returns on TV – 17 so far, says Patrice Leconte – as one of the essentials of the French comedy, " operating on a small turbo ", he says, his career and actor's career.
" It is the rethinking that enabled people to discover Splendid ", explains Alexandre Raveleau, author of the book " Les Bronzed, The True Story . " The bronze cult is first and foremost the fact that it is a group of café theaters, so another reading of comedy at that time ," he analyzes.
" It is also a film that do not age ", the author adds, saying" Fantastic movies, it is arguably the most family "." It is always the same to go in the snow, so from generation to generation we always laugh about same things "
" When we did these first two "Tanned, we were happy to do them " recalls Patrice Leconte. " But we couldn't believe we would talk about it so 40 years later he continues." These films completely avoid us . "
Cult copies of the film
"Listen to Bernard"
(Michel Blanc, in the role of Jean-Claude Dusse, to Gérard Jugnot, in that of Bernard)
"Look, Bernard, I think you and I have some of the same problems, that is, we can't really put everything on our body, especially you. So if I can afford to give you some advice, it's: forget that you have no chance, go ahead, go for it! We never know, in a misunderstanding, it can work "
Crepe au suc & # 39;
(Bruno Moynot in the role of Gilbert Seldman, to Marie-Anne Chazel alias Gigi, who works in a creperie)
"Do you have some dough? Do you have some juice? So with the dough you make a pancake, and then you put some juice on it!"
(Jean-Claude Dusse sings on a chairlift where he is stuck for the night)
"When shall I see you again, wonderful country, where those who love each other live in two …"
"Excuse me, but …"
(Bruno Moynot, plays Gilbert Seldman, to Gérard Jugnot, in the role of Bernard)
"Excuse me, but you think of my car"
"Am I skiing in the month of July?"
(Bernard to the former tenant in his apartment)
"I bought this apartment from the 15th to the 30th, if everyone goes for half a day, what happens? Next year I'll ski in July"
Boyfriend like a pig
(Jérôme, general practitioner played by Christian Clavier, and a couple who takes him a pig to treat)
"Buddy, that's his name. We called him that, boyfriend pig …" "But eat it, your pig!"
The planted stick
(Ski instructor and Jean-Claude Dusse)
"Monsieur Dusse, what is wrong is to plant the stick" "I plant it for you!"
(Michel Blanc and Thierry Lhermitte, alias Popeye)
"I don't know what is stopping me from breaking your mouth! Funk no? Yes, it must be …"
"It's the worms"
(Jean-Claude Dusse and rock climbers who make them taste a local specialty, fougne)
"What are the little white things in it?" It's the worms. Yes, there is also meat "" I am a vegetarian! "