This week saw the UK DVD release of Nicolas on Holiday, which features the crème de la crème of French actors, Valérie Lemercier and Kad Merad. This is the follow-up to the 2012 film Petit Nicolas and both films are based on René Goscinny and artist Jean-Jacques Sempé's beloved and iconic character of the same name.
I remember first discovering Le Petit Nicolas when I was studying French at uni and the books are still just as popular today, despite first being published back in 1959 and presenting an idealised view of childhood in 1950's France. Think Enid Blyton with a Gallic twist !
In this second film, it's the end of the school year. The long-awaited holidays have finally arrived and Petit Nicolas and his family head to the sea and move in to the Beau-Rivage Hotel. At the beach, Nicolas wastes little time making new friends, and they set about causing havoc in the holiday resort. He also attracts an admirer in the form of Elizabeth, a little girl who follows him everywhere. Nicolas is certainly going to enjoy a holiday to remember !
It's a lovely, light-hearted, nostalgic movie that will delight the whole family with its childish silliness and occasional toilet humour that will have the kids giggling. The French atmosphere pervades the whole film, not just because it is in French with English subtitles, giving it an extra je ne sais quoi. Young actor Mathéo Boisselier does a great job of capturing the essence of the original character, despite not having played in the first film (because the original actor would now be to old for the part - his parents are still played by the same actors though). The PG rating presumably comes from one scene of nudity but French parents wouldn't even raise an eyebrow at that !
Genre: Kids and Family, World
Language: French with English subtitles
Runtime: 93 mins (approx.)
RRP: £17.99 (DVD)
Cat no: SODA361
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