In 2006, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano let their good-natured style speak for themselves with “Our happy days”, the first feature film which brought them great success. However, while this genre of popular comedies often has second or third components, the director duo has categorically refused to do the same. Why ?
our happy days : back to summer camp
Before experiencing popular successes like Untouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano learned “the school of life” by doing more odd jobs. Among these, the two friends were summer camp leaders. And it is therefore from their memories of summer camp monitors that they made their second feature film entitled our happy days.
Casting side, the two men are rarely wrong. That’s why they hire three actors who, years later, become essentials of French cinema : Jean-Paul Rouve, Marilou Berry and Omar Sy in particular (who is subsequently a regular collaborator of the duo). Note that initially, the feature film is a remake of their short film of the same name (or almost since it is called Those happy days), released in 2001, and in which we already found Omar Sy, but also Lorant Deutsch and Fred Testot.
our happy days Vincent Rousseau follows, who is running a summer camp for the first time. For him, these three weeks will be very eventful, between teenagers and also animators very difficult to manage.
The film won the Audience Prize and the Youth Jury Prize at the 2006 Alpe d’Huez International Comedy Film Festival.
A suite ? What sequel?
Became a cult French comedy of the 2000s, our happy days could have known a sequel. And all the more so since the meeting between Jean-Paul Rouve, Marilou Berry and Omar Sy, who have become stars today, would have attracted the public. Yes, but here it is, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano did not want to make the same mistake as Visitors, The Bronzed or even The three brothers, including the various comebacks (the third films for Visitors and The Bronzed, and the second for The three brothers) were ultimately very badly received in theaters and / or by critics.
At the microphone ofEurope 1, the two directors justify their choice and explain why:
It’s almost ethnology, it’s always the same types of animators and children that we find in summer camps. So it’s true that we still had plenty to do Our happy days are skiing, etc. (…) With this film, we said what we had to say on the subject. There had been a sequel plan at one point. But it was chaos and we didn’t talk about it. In the end, we said to ourselves that we had taken the tour with Our Happy Days and that we would stop there. (…) On the other hand, we made a documentary called Our happy days, seven years later. It tells about everything that happened to all the child actors in the film. You can find out what really happened in their life.
The documentary is indeed present in the bonuses of the DVD set., released in 2014. You know what you have to do …