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.
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
We really enjoyed this!
- Untouchable review by CP Customer
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 : )
6 out of 6 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).
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
A truly heartwarming, life affirming film.
- Untouchable review by BC
This film is quite extraordinary. Wonderful acting and dialogue. Laugh out loud funny in parts. In other parts touched with pathos. Memorable performances from the two main leads and such chemistry.All the the other parts are very well acted. It’s quite heartbreaking and yet so funny and life affirming. We care deeply about the two main characters, polar opposites in life, who carry the film with their wonderful acting, chemistry and sparkling dialogue. It really is a ‘must see’ film directed with such confidence and lightness of touch which seems the French do best. No problems with the subtitles at all, after a minute you are engrossed in the story. I loved this film.
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