For a long time, the Nord and Pas-de-Calais have been the backdrop for dramas in which the characters had to overcome the difficult stages in life, morose and grey. That said, that image contrasts with the warmth of the locals depicted in mainstream comedies. It’s true, Dany Boons’ “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis” may seem over the top, but the locals in the Nord are really very welcoming. An older example, but just as delightful, “La Vie est un long Fleuve tranquille” tells about the daily life of two completely different northern families - the Groseille and Le Quesnoy families. This popular mainstream comedy by Etienne Chatillez (“Tatie Danielle”, “Tanguy”) was shot in Roubaix and Tourcoing. Like human warmth, the locals have humour in their DNA.