One of The Best Movies of All Time. Brilliant! This film is fantastic on so many levels, emotional, hilarious, thrilling, and more than I can tell you. See it for yourself! This is one fabulous French movie that you are guaranteed to enjoy!
Philippe is handsome and rich, with a palatial apartment (complete with team of domestics) in the heart of Paris. Philippe’s only “hassle,” as Driss puts it: He is paralyzed from the neck down. A young black man fresh from prison, Driss is eager for a signature from Philippe attesting that he interviewed for a caregiver position but too bad, so sad was not qualified. This signature is all Driss needs to qualify for France’s cushy unemployment benefits. Unfortunately for Driss, Philippe decides to hire him instead.
Why Philippe would place his life in the hands of the brash, rather unsympathetic Driss is a mystery at first. Yet as the movie unfolds, you experience firsthand the tension between how Philippe sees himself (useless, embarrassing, ashamed), how past caregivers have treated him (as a fragile doll they are terrified of breaking), and how Driss sees him: Driss is the only one to accept Philippe as a real human being with a future, with dreams and possibilities of his own.
A beautiful film, based on a true story. Wish they made more like these in America! The opera scene was absolutely hilarious.
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