Monday, April 28, 2008

Northern lights

Oops, one more: My piece on the phenomenon that is Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis came out in the New York Times' Week in Review yesterday.

The movie is about to overcome Titanic as the biggest-grossing film ever in France, and it's launched an unparalleled wave of affection for the titular Ch'tis (the nickname of both the inhabitants of the Nord–Pas de Calais region and their patois). As far as I'm concerned, any region where the local delicacies—that would be french fries and sausages—are sold out of a van and consumed standing up is A-OK.

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