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International Premiere
  • France
  • 2016
  • 97 mins
  • DCP
  • French

« C’est tout simplement à pleurer de rire » - Sylvestre Picard, PREMIÈRE

« Irrésistible ! » - Florence Roman, PUBLIC

« Au-delà de l’humour trash, une vignette attachante de la culture banlieue » - Olivier Bousquet, VSD

Pattaya from Festival Fantasia on Vimeo.

Having just broken up with his girlfriend, Franky only wants to stay home and feel sorry for himself. His friend Krimo attempts to cheer him up by proposing a visit with his cousin in Pattaya, Thailand, a suggestion that Franky rejects out of hand due to their lack of funds. Things take a serendipitous turn when Krimo suddenly finds a video of a Thai boxing teacher for dwarfs, stating that he will pay the travelling expenses of anybody who wants to challenge his champion. The pals decide to enter the neighbourhood dwarf in the contest. What was supposed to be a dream vacation quickly transforms itself into the wildest adventure of their lives.

Many of you know Franck Gastambide for his numerous film roles, but especially for his movie LES KAÏRA, screened at Fantasia in 2013. He raises the bar even higher here with his second feature film, a completely delirious comedy that recalls the Farrelly Brothers and Judd Apatow, but offering more than just a series of dwarf fights and scatological jokes (as funny as they may be). He delivers a movie that aptly portrays the Parisian suburban universe and the people that call it home, going no-holds-barred on several clichés and taboos that plague its community, with no concern for censorship. The influence of American pop culture can also be strongly felt throughout, the best example of which is the main character’s obsession with Vin Diesel. However, it’s the homage to the classic Jean-Claude Van Damme picture KICKBOXER that is the most impressive. To make sure you get your money’s worth, Gastambide has enlisted important French comedians such as Malik Bentalha, Ramzy Bedia and Gad Elmaleh, who his completely unrecognizable as the Thai boxing master. PATTAYA is 90 minutes of pure joy, laughter, political incorrectness and happy insolence that paints an ultimately sympathetic, yet ironically tainted, picture of the Parisian suburbs.

— Éric S. Boisvert