Five Stars – “extraordinarily good!”
Out on DVD. French film with English language subtitles.
In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.
What my dad said:
“Life affirming. The best film I’ve seen in years.”
“Didn’t the guy who played Philippe look just like Dustin Hoffman?”
What I said:
“It was touching and laugh out loud funny. The sort of film that only the French could get right.”