Nothing to Declare (film)

Nothing to Declare (French: Rien à déclarer) is a 2010 Franco-Belgian comedy film, written and directed by Dany Boon.[3]

Nothing to Declare
Directed byDany Boon
Produced byLes Productions du Chicon
Éric Hubert
Written byDany Boon
StarringBenoît Poelvoorde
Dany Boon
Music byStéphane Reichart
CinematographyPierre Aïm
Edited byLuc Barnier
Distributed byPathé
Release date
  • 15 December 2010 (2010-12-15) (Angers premiere)
  • 26 January 2011 (2011-01-26) (France)
Running time
108 minutes
Budget$28 million [1]
Box office$93.8 million [2]


On 1 January 1993, two customs officers, one Belgian and the other French, have to deal with closure of their small customs post situated between Courquain in France and Koorkin in Belgium.

Both a hereditary francophobe and an over-zealous Belgian customs officer, Ruben Vandevoorde is forced to join the first Franco-Belgian mobile squad. The first French volunteer for the squad is Mathias Ducatel, Vandervoorde's personal bête noire. He does this because he has fallen in love with Vandervoorde's sister Louise, and is afraid to unveil their love because of the trouble it will cause within her family.

Meanwhile, in an effort to raise money for the restaurant No Man's Land during the transition to the Schengen Agreement, Jacques and Irene are hired by a drug trafficker named Duval to pass along information concerning the mobile squad's checkpoints. Unfortunately, the information is rendered useless as Duval's accomplice Tiburce hilariously fails to avoid customs and ends up in jail.

In their pursuit of the drug trafficker, Vandevoorde and Ducatel become close, at first because the priest tells Vandevoorde that his hatred towards the French will lead him straight to hell. But soon, Vandevoorde really starts to think of Ducatel as a good friend until he finds out that Ducatel has been seeing his sister in secret for a year. By which point, he pulls out his gun and tries to shoot Ducatel but his sister stops him, because she loves him.

In the end, Vandevoorde accepts them as a couple but remains a racist and the audience is left in the dark on whether the father, who is much more of a francophobe, accepts them or not.



In an interview with ClapVideo, Dany Boon says that he wrote this film because he wanted to create something as strong as Welcome to the Sticks (French title: Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis). He was inspired by the fact that "we're all a stranger to someone", and that "we all experience some futile rejection that lead us to do stupid things". He also took inspiration of his parents' relationship and transformed it into the love story between Mathias Ducatel and Louise Vandevoorde.


Box office

According to Pathé the film sold 48,155 tickets in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais on the opening night, the biggest film success in the region since Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis.[4]

Critical response

One of the major themes of the movie is how the European Union's vision of Europe may be good in theory but in practice can be damaging to the local economy in the border regions.

Critical reception of this film has been generally mixed. AlloCiné has given the film 2.5 out of 5. Rotten Tomatoes lists two reviews from critics, one positive, one negative.[5]


  1. "Rien à déclarer (2011) - JPBox-Office". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  2. "Nothing to Declare (Rien a declarer) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  3. "Nothing to Declare". Retrieved 2015-03-24.
  4. "Article « Rien à déclarer », premier jour : un succès sans excès". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  5. "Nothing To Declare (Rien à déclarer) (2011)". Retrieved October 13, 2019 via

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