A high profile businessman has let his personal life lapse in favor of corporate success. When he suffers a serious stroke he finds himself stripped back to zero. He learns to rebuild his life with the help of a therapist and his family.
Alain is a business executive who's racing against time. There is no room in his life for leisure or family. After a massive stroke, Alain wakes up in a hospital, where it is quickly determined that he has sustained significant loss of language and memory. Jeanne, a young speech therapist, is assigned to help him re-learn, as a child learns, how to speak and how to put himself back together. As he recovers, he begins to see that he has let a whole section of his life slip through his fingers. But he also finds that all is not lost, that he can make up for lost time, especially with his daughter.Written by
Hervé Mimran understood, with hindsight, that writing a film specifically for an actor is a mistake. Thus, if he had molded the main character for Fabrice Luchini only to have him turn down the role, the project would surely never succeeded. Thus with this film,the opposite happened. When the actor signed on, Mimran rewrote the character for him. See more »
The end credits feature the main crew jobs in a way similar to the one the main character could say them (inverting sounds or with close words - script becoming strict for example). See more »
We star with the premise that if in a Film like LES INTOUCHABLE spinal paralysis is funny, stroke victims must be good for a laugh though, to give them credit, they do show recovering patient Fabrice Luchini a ward filled with grim fellow victims on respirators unable to move in their beds.
Derived from the non fiction book "J'étais un homme pressé" by Christian Streiff former CEO of Airbus and PSA Peugeot-Citroen, this one shows the rich Luchini character as a hard serving executive who intimidates all. It takes all the Luchini charm to make this guy acceptable.
He collapses on the way to work and we get into the story where, still in denial, Luchini is made to realise that he has lost his control of language, this with a major address to an executive meeting in Geneva coming up - jokes like him greeting people by saying goodbye and other malapropisms that must have given the sub-titlers nighmares. His ordering a turd from an unfazed waiter at the cafe defeats them.
He recruits hospital speech therapist Leïla Bekhti full time and starts to develop drills to restore his lost vocabulary and memory of the lay out of his district. Bored with the kids' picture books she uses he switches to the Jardin des Plantes menagerie and it's real animals.
Drone shot downwards on a speeding express train and we get a King's Speech scene in Geneva which he aces bit is still shown the door.
At which point the film starts again as Luchini settles in to sort out the relationship with his daughter (that doesn't go too well) and Béhkti, before his European hiking tour accompanied by his faithful dog - much stamping of his passport and alpine scenics. The scene setting is particularly deft in this one.
The central performance is superior but when they've set up support players so well it's unsatisfying to not find their stories given an
Lush feel good European movie of the kind that plays well in English speaking country art theaters.
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