A wealthy, widowed quadraplegic hires a young, good-humored, black Muslim from the projects as his caretaker. Their bond proves the power and omniscience that love and friendship can hold over all social and economic differences.
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Warm and fuzzy formula film that should fail in cliches yet still winds up being endearing and crowd pleasing mainly due to the two leads Cluzet and Sy. Even though the characters border on stereotype and characterature the chemistry between the two raises it to another level. The film's blockbuster status overseas is a mystery to me as the film mainly trades in Hollywood style formula scripting.Good but not special.
I felt good after watching this film, then a while later I felt sad. It's one of those film that work on your mind on so many levels that you can't really cap it under one feeling. I was laughing most of the movie, but at some point you feel like you need to cry on someone's shoulder. In short: touching.
When a snapshot in the life of a tetraplegic is the feel good movie of the year for me, I know I have found a gem. Interestingly enough the main reason for this, is the performance of the unknown to me Oman Sy, playing the role of the caretaker, oozing with innocence, charm and energy. This is one of that you'd want to watch again and again.