An absorbing touching joyous film
- Untouchable review by JD
The plot is simple: Feckless footloose young man from deprived background becomes a servant for a rich sophisticated tetraplegic older man. They form a strong relationship. That's it. Except that it is done so well. The witty conversation, the fine detailed acting, there must have either been a great chemistry and/or phenomenal acting. It just goes to show great films are not just about telling good stories but are as much about telling stories well.
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
We really enjoyed this!
- Untouchable review by AM
This film is funny and touching with likeable characters, a heart warming story and we really enjoyed it! The fact that its based on a true story, about real people who are still living their lives after the events here makes it all better : )
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Well-written, Efficient, Funny French Comedy
- Untouchable review by PV
OK, so this film is shamelessly calculated to tug at the heart strings; and OK - quite a lot of it is funny set pieces (dancing, haircuts, funny 'fish out of water' scenes); and OK, it's rags to riches, fish out of water trope is well-worn and familiar (and this fim obviously draws on many a Hollywoord comedy, from Traditing Places and before).
But - the fact remains that this is a really well-made and enjoyable movie. And, unusually for a French film, it is actually funny and keeps up the pace.
The writers and director have obviously borrowed a lot from Hollywood, from the initial car chase, to the quick-cut editing, to the soundtrack, to having a black African in the lead role (rather than the Muslim Moroccan on whom the character is based - we see him and the real life paraplegic right at the end of the movie too).
But despite the sentimentality and the shameless maniulation of the audience, I will give this 4.5 stars because it made me laugh out loud on several occasions - which, considering most Hollywood comedies hardly raise a mild smile in me, is some achievement.
It's not a great film or a classic - though it is the buggest ever grossing movie in France, I think. But it is a must-see, just because it's a really funny comedy with interesting characters you care about (however stereoyped).
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.