"Thank you boss" ("Merci patron") is the first documentary of French journalist Francois Ruffin.
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It's the year's least likely feel-good hit film in which the little guys take on France's richest man and end up laughing all the way to the bank.It also tops French website Allocine's audience ratings of the best films currently on release alongside another documentary, "Demain" (Tomorrow), which showcases positive solutions to the global climate crisis.Ruffin said the film's magic was its "liberating effect" on audiences. The film plays strongly on France's working-class northern "Ch'ti" culture, contrasting the locals love of beer, French fries and stinky Maroilles cheese with Arnault, who owns the Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot champagne houses.Journalists working at France's highest-selling national newspaper, Le Parisien – which is owned by Arnault – claimed they were banned from writing about it.With more 120,000 people flocking to see the film on little more than word of mouth, it is now being expanded onto nine times as many screens across France.
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