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Jean Marc Bulot is the mayor of Crêpe, a village famous for nothing. Where you can't even get a baguette, let alone a beer. So, when British tourists start arriving due to a faulty satnav, he decides to make some cash. He opens a bar, a restaurant, a campsite, and a shop. He even falls in love - things are going well. Until the neighboring village Ventrèche finds out, and things start going horribly wrong. Suddenly, everyone has a score to settle, including himself. 

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A shaggy-dog yarn of rural French drudgery

The plot can feel as buggy as the dodgy sat-navs responsible for the titular "glitch" that unexpectedly delivers this obscure French village its first tourists in years. And the petty, frustrated characters are almost wholly unadmirable. But there's an anarchic humour and grounded surrealism that keeps the momentum throughout, with a priggish determination akin to a British dad on holiday: forever refusing to admit he is lost, and always has been. The incessant bickering can grate; but beneath the resolute daftness of the surface events, and the foul-mouthed exchanges between friends and enemies alike, there's a warm and tender philosophy exploring the tragicomic helplessness of the human condition. All in all, a bumpy ride with unexpected detours that you're sure to look back on fondly - if you're brave enough to keep going.