With Open Arms

A French intellectual who writes about living with an open mind struggles to live up to his words when a Romani family begins to camp on his front yard.

À bras ouverts
Belgium, France 2017
  • Czech
92 min.

Jean-Étienne Fougerole is an intellectual bohemian who released his new novel „In Open Arms“ and calling the wealthiest people to welcome home the families in need. While he promotes his book during a televised debate, his opponent criticized him for not applying what he himself advocates. While stuck, Jean-Étienne Fougerole accepts the challenge, for fear of being discredited. The same evening, a family of Roma rings the door of his Marnes-la-Coquette villa and the writer feels obliged to house them.

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Director: Philippe de Chauveron
Screenplay: Guy Laurent, Marc de Chauveron
Cinematography: Philippe Guilbert
Music: Hervé Rakotofiringa
Editing: Philippe Bourgueil
Producer: Christian Clavier, Patrice Ledoux
Cast: Christian Clavier, Elsa Zylberstein, Ary Abittan, Cyril Lecomte, Nanou Garcia, Mirela Nicolau, Oscar Berthe