We first meet Phillipe (Francois Cluzet) in Paris; he is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer. Out of the blue a rude African named Driss (Omar Sy) cuts the line of candidates and asks Phillipe to sign his form to prove he is seeking a job position and so he will receive his unemployment benefits. Instead Philippe challenges Driss and offers him a one-month trial as his carer. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the mind-numbing ennui of Phillipe and his employee's lives.
The film had me at hello and focuses on the interesting relationship between Phillipe and Driss, which at first appears to portray Driss as a con man. But we soon learn that Driss has a true heart as he changes Phillipe's diaper while the two swap sarcastic remarks and banter with each other. There is empathy and genuine friendship and it's a delightful scene.
As a quadriplegic Phillip doesn't have sex but the protagonist lusts art, food, wine and even marijuana. His relationships with women concentrate on the erogenous zones he can deal with, like the neck, which is too much for men in his condition apparently.
Driss is fabulous to watch as he learns about art, music and eventually decorum; he even manages to sit through a performance of a man dressed as a tree.
There is a whole scene with Phillipe's family and it is heartbreaking, in a good way, while Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee plays in the background.
Funnily enough this inspires Driss to dance to Boogie Wonderland and that's when I started bawling my eyes out. Driss encourages the family to all get up and dance, which they do and it's hilarious.
Phillipe is overwhelmed by emotion and doesn't know whether to laugh or cry but it's obvious he loves the performance.
The film actually has a charming and happy ending, which I won't spoil as it's worth watching.
Phillipe and Driss remain good friends to this day.
The film made $426,588mil at the Worldwide Box Office and FYI domestically it made $10mil the rest was earned from all of us just loving this film.