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First impression - one of many biographical films about well ignored cultural personalities. A sort of rehabilitation.
At the second view - the strange feeling about the resemblance of James Thierree and his grandfather.
Not the last - the fascination. About the performance of Omar Sy. About so familiar slices of racism and for the seductive way to tell a story about glory and about succes, about its high price and about acceptance, about love and fall . And, sure, about friendship.
Sure, it is not fundamental different by many other films about same theme. Its virtue- to be a film "with soul". And well acted. And wise mix of humor and bitterness.
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