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by Tony Medley
When I saw the
trailer, I really didn't want to see this. About a a rich, patrician
quadriplegic, Philippe Pozzo de Borgo (Franšois
Cluzet), and his misfit, profane, hoodlum caretaker from the projects,
Driss (Omar Sy), it seemed that it would be ultimately depressing.
How wrong I was!
It is often laugh out loud funny as Driss brings refreshing variety into
Philippe's obviously limited life. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier
Nakache, it received nine 2012 CÚsar nominations, one of which was won
by Sy for Best Actor.
It is based on a
2003 documentary, A La Vie, A La Mort, about the friendship
between Philippe and his caretaker, Abdel. Writers/directors Olivier
Nakache and Eric Toledano were captivated by it, but put it aside until
they felt they were "mature enough" to take it on. While the real Driss
was named Abdel and was born in Algeria, the filmmakers changed his name
and his birthplace to Senegal. When they met with Philippe, he insisted
that the subject be treated with humor. Since the meeting was years
later, ensuing events told to them by Philippe gave them new material
for the ending since the story really wasn't finished when the
documentary was made.
This is in
essence a love story between two completely dissimilar heterosexual men.
And I don't mean love that involved sex. It's love in its purist form.
Although the film runs for two hours, the directors do a terrific job of
maintaining the pace so it flows seamlessly.
The acting is
superb. Even though Sy won the award as best actor, Cluzet (whose
credits include Guillaume Canet's conversion of Harlan Coben's
bestseller, Tell No One to film for which he won the 2007 CÚsar
as Best Actor) gives an equally wonderful performance as the
quadriplegic with a happy outlook on life, giving one of the finest
performances of his life without being able to move anything below his
neck. Mathieu Padepied's cinematography adds a lot to the film, as does
the music of Ludovico Einaudi. In French