The French-Canadian Le Gros Bill is a story of "culture shock" north of the border. A tiny Quebec community is thrown into an uproar when a young Texan named Bill (Yves Henry) arrives to claim a farm he has inherited. Bill's inability to speak French, and his apparent unwillingness to learn the language, foments plenty of ill will in the community. The story is resolved with an abundance of warmth and humor, sometimes hokey, sometimes hilarious. Rather centralized in its appeal, Le Gros Bill didn't do so well when it briefly traversed the Art House circuit in the U.S. Still, it was a prime example of the sort of burgeoning cinematic activity in Quebec during the immediate postwar years.
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