European Comedy Movies

Europe gets better as many think. The true sickness of Europe is its pessimism”.

Klaus Kinkel.

The creation of a European list of comedy movies has never been done before. Of course humor has a lot to do with national culture and history, and for our own cultural richness, this should remain so. But if we look a bit in details, one observes that many national movies gained success beyond their frontiers. And if you look at some of the trailers above, you will certainly want to watch the whole movie, as some of them are very funny. This is interesting to notice the topic chosen in each country to deal with humor. While South countries have comedys related to sexuality, in the North, the humoristic trend is more directed toward social and societal issues.

 European Comedy movies

Portugal

Portugal - European comedy - Goodnight IreneGoodnight Irene
dir. Paolo Marinou-Blanco
6,9/10 IMDB – Trailer

Two solitary men embark on a journey to find a missing woman, driven by friendship, a desire for freedom, and a wish to taste life to the fullest. In the process, they develop a deep bond of friendship that neither could have ever anticipated.

Spain

Spain - European comedy - Fuera de cartaChef’s Special
Fuera de carta, dir. Nacho García Velilla
6,2/10 IMDB – Trailer

The movie centers on homosexuality and the decision to come out. It focuses on men who have had relationships with women to hide their own sexuality, to the point of even having kids. The film also deals with the theme of single parents. The film was a success in the Spanish box office, earning almost 1 million Euros in its first weekend.

France

France - European comedy - Bienvenue chez les Ch'tisWelcome to the Sticks
Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, dir. Dany Boon
7,1/10 IMDB – Trailer

Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, lives a comfortable life in a charming town in the South of France. One day, he is caught red-handed while trying to scam an inspector. He is consequently banished to the distant unheard of town of Bergues, in the Far North of France… The film has broken nearly every French box office record…

Iceland

Iceland - European comedy - BjarnfreðarsonMr. Bjarnfreðarson
Bjarnfreðarson, dir. Ragnar Bragason
7,3/10 IMDB – Trailer

In Mr. Bjarnfreðarson, Georg is a son, a father and a communist megalomaniac with a chronic compulsion to control his environment, yet at the same time unable to control his own life. In other words, an inspiring protagonist with exciting possibilities.

Ireland

Ireland - European comedy - Inside Im dancingInside I’m Dancing
Rory O’Shea Was Here, dir. Damien O’Donnell
7,9/10 IMDB – Trailer

When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside home.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - European comedy - In the loopIn the Loop
dir. Armando Iannucci
7,5/10 IMDB – Trailer

The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn’t think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington.

Norway

Norway - European comedy - Salmer fra kjøkkenetKitchen stories
Salmer fra kjøkkenet, dir. Bent Hamer
7,3/10 IMDB – Trailer

Swedish efficiency researchers come to Norway for a study of Norwegian men, to optimize their use of their kitchen. But the scientific job of observing an old cantakerous single man’s kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

Sweden

Sweden - European comedy - KoppsCops
Kopps, dir. Josef Fares
6,8/10 IMDB – Trailer

The film concerns the police force of a small fictional Swedish village, Högboträsk. When the small town police station is threatened with shutting down because of too little crime, the police realise that something has to be done…

Finland

Finland - European comedy - Rare ExportsRare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Rare Exports, dir. Jalmari Helander
6,7/10 IMDB – Trailer

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. he film won numerous awards such as the Locarno International Film Festival’s Variety Piazza Grande Award

Denmark

Denmark - European comedy - Italiensk for begyndereItalian for Beginners
Italiensk for begyndere, dir. Lone Scherfig
7,1/10 IMDB – Trailer

Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner’s course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives. When the teacher suffers a heart attack during class and ends up dying, the six classmates hold the class anyway and eventually take a vacation to Italy.

Netherlands

Netherlands - European comedy - MinoesUndercover Kitty
Minoes, dir. Vincent Bal
7,0/10 IMDB – Trailer

One night, a cat named Minoes stumbles upon a can of chemical liquid that had been dropped by a truck, and after drinking it transforms into a human woman. As a human, she maintains her feline traits such as her fear of dogs, meowing on the roof with other cats, catching mice, purring, and eating raw fish.

Belgium

Belgium - European comedy - DikkenekDikkenek
dir. Olivier Van Hofstaat
6,9/10 IMDB – Trailer

Claudy Faucan is manager of a slaughterhouse in Belgium and an amateur photographer. After a photoshoot with beautiful Natacha, an extrovert sexy woman, he embarks on a journey of strange encounters. The title Dikkenek comes from the Flemish words dikke and nek for fat neck and literally means a big mouth.

Germany

Germany - European comedy - Der Schuh des ManituManitou’s shoe 
Der Schuh des Manitu, dir. Michael “Bully” Herbig
6,6/10 IMDB – Trailer

The German parody of western films borrows from the parodies of Mel Brooks like Robin Hood: Men in Tights or Blazing Saddles. Its humor consists largely of blatant anachronisms, derision and incoherencies. In the German version, Abahachi, Ranger and Winnetouch all speak with a rather strong Bavarian accent.

Italy

Italy - European comedy - Mine VagantiLoose Cannons
Mine Vaganti, dir. Ferzan Özpetek
7,2/10 IMDB – Trailer

Tommaso returns home to Salento after his university studies. He is finally ready to face his family and reveal his great secret: he is homosexual. But when he summons up his courage, his brother beats him to it with his own revelations and it is he who becomes the black sheep of the family.

Austria

Austria - European comedy - Contact highContact high
dir. Michael Glawogger
6,5/10 IMDB – Trailer

‘Contact high’ defines the phenomenon that occurs in people who come into contact with someone who is under the influence of drugs. Their closeness causes the psychological state of the person who is high to be transferred to their neighbour. The title is explicit!

Czech Republic

Czech Republic - European comedy - Obsluhoval jsem anglického králeI Served the King of England 
Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále, dir. Jiri Menzel and Istvan Szabo
7,4/10 IMDB – Trailer

Jan Dítě has been released from a Czech prison just before the very end of his 15-year sentence and is settling in a town near the border between Czechoslovakia and Germany. Jan begins his career as a frankfurter vendor at a railroad station, and quickly learns the power of money and the influence it exerts over people.

Slovakia

Slovakia - European comedy - Velký respektBig Respect
Velký respekt, dir. Viktor Csudai
6/10 IMDB – Trailer

The story of two hapless friends down on their luck begins. One day Mike is attacked by two gangsters who steal his bike. Peter is left by his girlfriend, because she assumes he’s gay. The two friends make a deal: Mike helps Peter to become a proper manlike guy, and Peter in turn teaches Mike how to understand women.

Poland

Poland - European comedy - WeseleThe Wedding
Wesele, dir. Wojciech Smarzowski
7,7/10 IMDB – Trailer

The happiest day of their lives turns into a nightmare for newlywed. Father-of-the bride Wiesaw Wojnar has one goal: to give his daughter the most memorable wedding in the village. ‘The Wedding’ is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud which took the Polish box-office by storm.

Lithuania

Lithuania - European comedy - Zero 2Zero 2
dir. Emilis Velyvis
7,8/10 IMDB – Trailer

When the under-worlds of crime and show-biz collide, hit-men buddies Max and Sylvester are suddenly thrown in the midst of bizarre events and soap-like drama. Faced with the onslaught of sleazy intrigues and silicon boobs, friends must still complete their task – retrieve a missing shipment of drugs.

Latvia

Latvia - European comedy - Kur pazudis ElvisFinding Elvis
Kur pazudis Elvis, dir. Una Celma
5,2/10 IMDB – Trailer

Three boys and two girls, from different social backgrounds are attracted to adventure and mystery. What do they have in common? Their parents are fairly dysfunctional. One day, their teacher tells them that Elvis, a fellow-pupil, will be absent for a long time. He and his mother have disappeared. Where is he?

Estonia

Estonia - European comedy - Sigade revolutsioonRevolution of Pigs
Sigade revolutsioon, dir. René Reinumägi and Jaak Kilmi
6/10 IMDB – Trailer

The revolution is brewing. Set in the summer of 1986, hundreds of teenagers have gathered in the woods for Estonian student summer camp—three days full of adventures, falling in love and partying. But, when the teens are forced to comply with rules of proper behavior, camp in a totalitarian system isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Belarus

Belarus - European comedy - Belarusian WaltzBelarusian Waltz
dir. Andrzej Fidyk
6,4/10 IMDB – Trailer

Belarusian Waltz is on the incredible personal story of the performance artist Alexander Pushkin, who is one of very few who is not scared. Facing grave consequences he organizes public stunts that mock president Lukashenka. Through his art and sense of humour we take a deep dive into the soul of the Belarusian people.

Ukraine

Ukraine - European comedy - The Orange SkyThe Orange Sky
Помаранчеве Небо, dir. Oleksandr Kyryenko
6,4/10 IMDB – Trailer

The movie tells of a love story of two greatly different young people. The heroine, Ivanna is a young girl with ambitiously nationalistic beliefs in the power of democracy. She expresses her patriotism by voicing, often protesting in the favor of revolutionary ideals. Mark, the protagonist, on the other hand is the son of a government official.

Romania

Romania - European comedy - A fost sau n-a fost12:08 East of Bucharest
A fost sau n-a fost?, dir. Corneliu Porumboiu
7,4/10 IMDB – Trailer

The film is set in the city of Vaslui, and centers on a group of characters who revisit the Romanian Revolution of 1989 which brought an end to the communist regime. The full English title refers to the time of day at which Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu fled following the revolution, 12:08 pm on December 22, 1989.

Hungary

Hungary - European comedy - MázliFluke
Mázli, dir. Tamás Keményffy
6/10 IMDB – Trailer

Ogyarmat is a small Hungarian village on the Austrian border. The people there are gloomy, as the future is not bright. One day, oil gushes forth and with it hope… but also dissension and the start of an incredible unruliness.

Slovenia

Slovenia - European comedy - Kajmak in marmeladaCheese and Jam
Kajmak in marmelada, dir. Branko Djuric

6/10 IMDB – Trailer

After Špela leaves Božo because of his laziness and lack of will to find a job and moves back to her parents, he asks his friend Goran for help and gets a job as a Mickey Mouse impersonator at a local fair. A chance meeting with Špela leaves her less than impressed due to the simplicity of the job.

Croatia

Croatia - European comedy - Sedamdeset i dva dana72 Days
Sedamdeset i dva dana, dir. Danilo Šerbedžija
7/10 IMDB – Trailer

The American pension of Grandpa Đurađ is paid to his widow Neđa and is the only source of income for the Paripović family. When Neđa suddenly dies their very existence is threatened and the head of the family devises a cunning plan.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia - European comedy - Gori vatraFuse
Gori vatra, dir. Pjer Žalica
7,3/10 IMDB – Trailer

The plot takes place in the small town of Tešanj, two years after the Bosnian War. The town is overridden by corruption, prostitution and organized crime. It is announced that U.S. president Bill Clinton will pay a visit to the town. Everything in the town must be in order, including the faked brotherhood between Bosniaks and Serbs.

Serbia

Serbia - European comedy - ParadaThe Parade
Parada, dir. Srđan Dragojević
7,3/10 IMDB – Trailer

A group of gay activists try to organize a pride parade in Belgrade. Organizing such a parade is no easy task in Serbia as evidenced by the violence at the 2001 parade attempt. Now, almost a decade later, situation is not much better – nationalist and right wing groups pose just as much threat and the police refuses to secure the event.

Macedonia

Macedonia - European comedy - Punk's Not DeadPunk’s Not Dead
Панкот не е мртов, dir. Vladimir Blazevski
7,5/10 IMDB – Trailer

Protagonists of this black-comedy are punks who deliberately remained at the margins in muddy times of Macedonian transition. The routine of their outsider’s survival is disturbed by an offer to make a reunion of their one-time cult punk band and play at some bizarre “multi-cultural-happening”, which is to prove the false image of Macedonia.

Albania

Albania - European comedy - Tirana Year ZeroTirana Year Zero
Tirana, année zéro, dir. Fatmir Koçi
6/10 IMDB – Trailer

The movie tells the story of a young couple in post-communist Albania, at a time when many Albanians left the country in search for a better life abroad. The protagonist of the movie is Nik, who lives in Tirana, along with his mother and father. He is in love with a beautiful girl named Klara, who wants to move to Paris to be a model.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria - European comedy - Lora from Morning Till EveningLora from Morning Till Evening
ЛОРА ОТ СУТРИН ДО ВЕЧЕР,   dir. Dimitar Kotzev
4,1/10 IMDB – Trailer

Protagonist, thirty year old Lora is confronted with an old mystery which changes the course of her everyday life. A day that starts just like any other is turned upside down by the arrival of two packages containing two mysterious dices.

 Greece

Greece - European comedy - Super DemetriosSuper Demetrios
dir. Georgios Papaioannou
6,6/10 IMDB – Trailer

In a surreal, parallel universe, Thessaloniki has its very own superhero: Super Demetrios. Posing as Dimitris Christoforidis, journalist for the Golden Jerusalem magazine, he fights for truth, justice and the Greco-Christian ideal. In the dark of the night, the city’s worst nightmare returns : Captain F.ROM is back!

Turkey

Turkey - European comedy - VizonteleVizontele 
dir. Yılmaz Erdoğan
6,6/10 IMDB – Trailer

The story is based on the childhood memories of the writer-director Yılmaz Erdoğan of the arrival of the first television to Hakkâri, a small village in Southeastern Turkey in the 70’s.

 

 

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