No, not Brian De Palma’s 1987 film starring Costner, Connery and De Niro. This is a French language film from 2011 that tells the story of wealthy French aristo’ and quadriplegic Philippe (François Cluzet), and his newly hired home help, Driss. Driss comes from, what you could probably say was, the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ which provides a convenient counterpoint to Philippe’s privilege.
Driss breezes into Phillipe’s life, seemingly like a proverbial breath of fresh air. He doesn’t coddle Philippe , or treat him like a china doll that might break, and Philippe responds well to the freedom that Driss’ approach offers him.
Now, if this film hadn’t been based on a true story, I’d have to say that premise seems clichéd and tired. But it is based on a true story, so I’m not sure you can really say that. It can be a tad twee and heavy-handed at times, but the two leads are great, and it remains a charming and bitter-sweet story of an unlikely friendship, that’s best enjoyed if you don’t analyse it for messages about race or class.