The French comedy XXL is directed by Ariel Zeitoun. The film has an eclectic mix of actors including Michel Boujenah, Gérard Depardieu as the stars of the film and Elsa Zylberstein has a major roll.Elsa Zylberstein as Arlette Stern. The other actors are as follows. Catherine Jacob plays the roll of Lorène Benguigui, Gina Lollobrigid is Gaby Berrebi, Gad Elmaleh is Samy. The list of great actors goes on and on. The film was shot in France which opens the door to great cinematography. Gorgeous shots of the countryside and the natural scenery in France makes the movie more enjoyable. The film was considered a romantic comedy. There are many laughs and unexpected turns in this film written by Florence Quinten and filmed in Le Sentier in Paris and a nice village in Auvergne and released on December 10th, 1997. The story is based on the relationship of two brothers, one who is quite humble and is the younger of the two Sterns and his older brother who sees life from a totally different aspect. The story reflects on times past, war, and romance. It also includes some comedy which makes the film quite easy to watch. the entire length of the film is only ninety five minutes. It's the kind of film that keeps your attention, with a relate-able plot and as you watch you become so engaged that the time flies by and before you know it the film is over and you sit there wanting more. A very lively film perfectly blended with lighthearted comedy and a lot of life issues and reality that many have faced in their own lifetimes. A great film to gather the whole family around to sit and watch for family night as it does not have overly exploited sexual scenes and the language is pretty clean.