This article was written for Annabel & Grace, which is now part of Rest Less.
This huge box office hit tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Philippe, a wealthy quadriplegic, and Driss, a young and poor man from the ghettos, who is hired as his live-in carer – despite its sober premis, it really is a very funny film and both son and I found ourselves roaring with laughter. Not everyone fell in love with the film though – when it was released in the UK in September this year, The Independent called it “a third rate buddy movie that hardly understands its own condescension” but I couldn’t disagree more with that review. Sure, it has the same unlikely theme as Driving Miss Daisy, but I loved that film too. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Doesn’t get much better in my book!
Philippe Pozzo di Borgo with Abdel Sellou, the real life people who the film plot was based on.