In 2001, Étienne Chatiliez surprised and made the whole of France laugh with his family comedy “Tanguy”, which enjoyed great cinema success with 4.3 million admissions. Yet despite this success, production of the sequel took time. A lot of time. Why ?
Tanguy : a social phenomenon
Already author of several cult films (Life is a long calm river, Auntie Danielle, Happiness is in the meadow), Étienne Chatiliez once again enjoyed success in 2001 with Tanguy. Indeed, the film which counts in the cast André Dussollier and Sabine Azéma attracts more than 4 million spectators and finds himself nominated twice for the Caesar. It enters especially in the hexagonal culture since it highlights a phenomenon of society hitherto little studied: that of these thirty-year-olds who still live with their parents.
While Tanguy showed the character of the same name determined to stay in the parental home, Tanguy, the return, released in 2019, follows Paul and Edith Guez again in a new and same nightmare as their son (now 44 years old) rings at his parents’ door. Indeed, left by his wife, he leaves his life in China and finds himself on the landing of his parents with his daughter under his arm. For the Guez couple, who had been enjoying a happy retirement until then, the ordeal resumes.
A long desert crossing to Chatiliez
Originally, the director had no intention of directing a sequel to Tanguy. Indeed, the idea of a second part did not come from him, but from the producers of the film Jérôme Corcos and Antoine Pezet. André Dussollier also campaigned for a sequel. After refusing a first idea for a script, Étienne Chatiliez finally got to work to be behind the camera of Tanguy, the return.
In addition, the director has experienced a long period of lean cow. Indeed, after the comedy released in 2001, Étienne Chatiliez experienced a major failure with Agathe Clery. The worst happened in 2012 with Uncle Charles which makes less than 300,000 admissions. This monumental flop morally reaches Chatiliez who decides to take a step back with the realization … until his comeback in 2019 with Tanguy, the return, so.
And it’s a winning return, since the film welcomed more than 1 million spectators when it was released! On this occasion, we had the chance to meet the trio of actors (interview below).