A popular comedy which has become a major cult classic in France, Les Bronzés
has an indefinable charm which makes it easy to overlook its shortcomings. The
film was written and performed by that talented comedy troupe, L'Équipe du Splendid,
who achieved fame and notoriety in France in the late 1970s for their new, uninhibited
form of comedy.
is really nothing more than a series of comic sketches, shot
in a beautiful exotic location. It was intended to satirise the new craze for Club
style holidays, whose main attraction was (as the film's title song proclaims)
a combination of sun, sea and sex - the emphasis being distinctly on the latter.
For many it will come as a surprise that the film was directed by Patrice Leconte - a
surprise because it is a much lighter, more trivial affair than the kind of film Leconte
is now most associated with (Le
Mari de la coiffeuse
Although Les Bronzés
doesn't really add up to much, it is exceedingly funny
in places and features some delightful comedy, notably from Michel Blanc and Thierry Lhermitte.
The film's success resulted in a very similar sequel, Les
Bronzés font du ski
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