For a number of (bad...) reasons, we missed out on seeing this film which has been on everybody's lips ...and on the screens here for quite a while.
But, it has been finally released on DVD and Blu-Ray and I bought a copy a week or so ago.
First, a technical note: I don't think there is much value in buying the Blu-Ray copy over the DVD, as the music is not the main feature of the film and my guess is that on most disc player/TV combo, it will not make a great deal of difference.
The whole film is about the interaction between the characters/actors.
This is an amazing performance from start to finish, oscillating between deep emotion, hilarity, dispair and hope, friendship, difference, the list goes on...
I will not bore you by restating the story, but it is a great story about how one sees another human being in a predicament that is completely foreign to the other one and what reactions this triggers. It works both ways here, whether it is about wealth or absence of it, education versus deliquancy, black versus white (in real life, it was European versus Arabic), and the desire to be respected and loved in any circumstances. The casting is perfect with Omar Sy jumping to international fame and Francois Cluzet - somebody has labeled him the Dustin Hoffman of French Cinema, not bad... - and Audrey Fleurot that you may remember as a venal lawyer in the TV series "Spiral" and there are some hilarious moments that I won't spoil for you if you have not seen the film yet.
I guess it is one of those films that you will need to view a few times to actually appreciate all the little details of it which make it such a great film. In a lateral thinking sort of way, it reminds me of "The Soloist".
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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