Our first film of the season is an honest and funny celebration of an unlikely friendship between a French aristocrat Philippe (played by François Cluzet) and a young ex-con from the projects Driss (newcomer and award winner Omar Sly).
After becoming a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, Philippe hires Driss to be his carer. Set in Paris the film is beautifully shot and the cast act well. The two main protagonists however steal the show. The audience quickly becomes attached to them both and the emotions they portray. Based on a true story, this is a film to entertain and provoke discussion.
The film has found universal acclaim. As well as being a delightful comedy, it has profound moments touching on the themes of prejudice, class difference and health and in the end the universality of humanity.
It will make you laugh and maybe cry but leave you feeling good
Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sly, Anne Le Ny
Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe. Won twenty other awards and nominated for thirty-two.
Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano | France | 2011 | 112 mins | 15
Weighted vote 97.6%