1. The film is about a family that moves from Africa to a small provincial town in northern France. It is the story of how the family integrates into the town. Their struggles, and eventually their triumphs. The father is a doctor and he accepted the position in order to gain French nationality.
2. I think the director was trying to show what it was like for a black family to move to prejudice all white small town. I think they were making a point in that we are all humans, and to accept each other as such. I think another point made is that in order to succeed you have to try your hardest and have an open mind. I think that the points made are very important. They relate to many stories of racism, and sadly some stories do not have the happy ending.
3. We talked in class about the discrimination against Arabic people in France. Watching this movie also shows that the French have not always been supportive or accepting of African people as well.
4. I liked the film, I thought it was a good story that needed to be told. I learned that getting a doctor to come to the middle of nowhere France if just as difficult as it is here. I was surprised by the play the kids put on. I was not expecting them to reenact their father’s story. I would love to learn more about what happened to the town after it became famous from the sons YouTube stuff. I would recommend it to others, I thought it had many good messages, and it was a cute story, fun to watch.
I was also very surprised by the play the kids put on, it was so cute. I also really liked how that one bully from the school yard eventually became such a big fan of Sivi's. The entire movie was so cute.
The play made me tear up a little bit! It was so cute and I think it made people realize how much of an impact the family had made on the town!
1. This movie is about an African doctor who studied in French and then eventually moves to a small village north of Paris because they need a doctor. The problem is, nobody has seen a black person in this village so he and his family are met with many struggles. Eventually, after alot of effort, they are accepted and the town is happy and healthy.
2. The point I see the director/writer making in this film is that racism is still very prevalent in much of France. I loved the solution though. Sivi basically bringing everything together herself because she was so good at soccer. It shows that love and common interest really are greater than any difference. It was also incredibly cool to see the young girl be the hero of everything.
3. I remember learning in class recently that Arabic people and Muslims were the number one discriminated against group in France, but I think this movie also shows that some people also do have prejudice against black people. Especially in a smaller town in the middle of nowhere like this. It’s also very reflective of American culture because most of my childhood was spent in a very tiny town in the middle of nowhere and we had maybe 3 black kids in the entire school system. Racism is everywhere.
4. I really loved this film. Not going to lie, I did cry a little bit because they were being treated so poorly for such a long time, but eventually everything worked out. It also blew my mind that this was all based on a true story! That’s incredible. I’ll be recommending this movie to my friends and family.
I think that this movie being based on a true story makes it all the better! It seemed realistic throughout the entire movie, and I really like that there was a happy ending.
Oh shit! Is it based on a true story? If it is then I like it more, because I know things were a lot worse. In that case the happy ending is just Hollywood bullshit.
I completely agree that it being a true story makes it so much better. As Darnel says it gets ride of the typical "Hollywood" happy ending. But it also goes to show that there really are some amazing things that happen in this world, and that small things can make a huge difference.
1. Bienvenue a Marly-Gomont was a cute movie about an African American doctor that opened his own clinic in France, where he struggled to practice because people judged him because he was black. Him and his family had a hard time adjusting to their new lives in France, and the town had a hard time accepting the family because of their race. The children were made fun of in school, and no body in town visited the clinic. In the end, they were finally accepted, and a well respected family in the community, with loyal patients until the day they died.
2. I think the director was trying to teach viewers that you cannot judge someone based on something such as looks, but I also think he was trying to display the effects of perseverance, and strong family bonds. It would have been very easy for the family to move back to their old home, but instead they kept trying to help the town, until they succeeded.
3. I have learned that those of a dark skin tone were treated differently in France because it is uncommon for them to be in France, and I was surprised that the townspeople acted so negatively towards them in the movie.
4. I thought the movie was really cute. I loved the family, and one of my favorite parts was when they were very loud when singing in church. I think it was such a positive and inspiring movie. I would definitely watch it again.
Are you really surprised? Racism is not new and it's EVERYWHERE. But things are always getting better, so I stay positive.
1. The main character is Seyolo Zantoko. At the beggining of the film he has just finished medical school and is looking for a job. He declined a position in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Seyolo wants to get the hell out of Africa. He moves his wife and two children to Marly-Gomont in the north of France. His family would rather live in Paris. At first the villagers are wary of the new family. They've had little exposure to Africans and their customs. Eventually the locals warm up to the Zantokos, and Seyolo decides to stay in Marly-Gomont. His family are pissed because he promised they'd move to Belgium. In the end soccer saves the day, the mayor is re-elected, and the Zantokos happily stay in Marly-Gomont.
2. The director is making a point about racism and xenophobia. The residents of Marly-Gomont are all concerned about an African family moving in. Had they been white and French likely no one would have bat an eyelash because that would have been considered normal. The villagers began to change their opinion after Sivi is discovered to be a talented soccer player. The soccer humanized the foreign family. I don't really care for that outcome. We shouldn't need to have anything in common with the next person to be accepted by that person. But it was a good effort by the director to bring up those issues.
3. As a person of African decent myself I'm not surprised by the treatment of the family. Rather I would expect those reactions. We have to work so much harder to be accepted. However, I think that France has a much better stance on race relations as compared to the United States. Had this film been set in the present day with any brown family in the United States it would have been a shit show. So in comparison France is amazing.
4. I enjoyed Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont. I wouldn't care to rewatch it, but it was a compelling story. The movie is a simple one, perhaps made with modest means. But it is highly effective at what it attempts. The acting, especially of the female lead is very good. And the kids as well as the male lead are delightful. The villagers all also play their role well. I think I'll tell my social media followers to watch it. They'll get a kick out of it.
I get your point about how we shouldn't need a common ground, like soccer, to get along with those around us. We should accept everyone as human beings and not treat them differently based on things they cannot control.