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Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache

France, 2011

Cornerhouse, 7 October 2012


Never mind that you have a fair idea of what this film will be like, and the effects it aims to achieve, virtually from the off; it is irresistible.

An extremely wealthy white fellow, who is severely disabled after a paragliding accident, employs a poor black guy as a carer.  They strike up an abrasive but ultimately fulfilling relationship.
It succeeds, the film, because the performances (all of ‘em, not only that of the two leads, François Cluzet and Omar Sy) are so engaging and personable; because the speedy pace of the direction is so exhilarating; and because the humour is plentiful and infectious.  And because the film makes you feel good, you feel good about the film.
If you are looking for a theory of cinema (or life) here – and you should, one is always to be found in a French film – it is that it’s akin to a car race: a fast moving, thrilling and exciting, dangerous but potentially damaging ride.  One definitely worth taking, mind.  So take care to strap yourself in before you start the engine, then step on the gas sharpish, when you go to see this film.