A 50-year-old who is over-invested in humanitarian work is competing in the social center where she works. She will then embark her students in literacy class, with the help of a pretty ... See full summary »


Gilles Legrand


Léonore Confino (screenplay), Léonore Confino (adaptation) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Agnès Jaoui ... Isabelle
Alban Ivanov Alban Ivanov ... Attila
Claire Sermonne ... Elke Hammler
Tim Seyfi ... Ajdin
Michèle Moretti Michèle Moretti ... Jacqueline
Philippe Torreton ... Philippe Torreton
Eric Viellard ... Christian
Marie-Julie Baup ... Agnès
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Le directeur
Martine Schambacher ... Francine
Chantal Yam Chantal Yam ... Chuang Mu
Romeo Hustiac Romeo Hustiac ... Rady
GiedRé GiedRé ... Miroslava
Saliha Bala Saliha Bala ... Souad
Nuno Roque Nuno Roque ... Thiago


A 50-year-old who is over-invested in humanitarian work is competing in the social center where she works. She will then embark her students in literacy class, with the help of a pretty foolish monitor, on the dangerous road of the code of the road. Written by Twentieth Century Fox France

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Comedy | Drama


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Gilles Legrand did not want to realize a social drama. So that the spectator can laugh at the situations depicted in the Good intentions scenario, it was necessary to play with the clichés and make the characters endearing. See more »


References L'arbre, le maire et la médiathèque (1993) See more »


Hymne à l'Amour
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by the cast
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The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
1 June 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

A curate's egg of a movie .Gilles Legrand 's previous efforts were more convincing : it was a return to the popular cinema ,should he broach melodrama ("La jeune fille et les loups" ) , psychological drama ( "l'odeur de la mandarine ":a soldier returns home an amputee in WW1),or rural film noir ("tu seras mon fils ", arguably his unsung masterpiece).

That said ,Agnès Jaoui 's enthusiasm is infectious, and she effortlessly wins over the audience.Her commitment to her work , to help immigrants learn French and to fit into the society , is genuine .Her relationship with Elke ,the German girl with a whole array of qualifications ,is well depicted .Although a volunteer , in spite of her altruism , Isabelle cannot help but getting jealous of this alien who ,somehow, steals her work :Elke's modern methods get on her nerves ,and her "rival" can become really nasty (her insults , hinting at the nazis,are hateful).Fortunately, humor is also present ,notably in the scenes at the driving school.

But it's not all good news : the depiction of Isabelle's family life get in the way: her husband and her children feel deserted as this heroine devotes most of her time to her protégés ,which makes sense : but the meetings with the marriage guidance consellor are clichés ;the family meal where everybody wants to champion a cause is ponderous ;the husband (himself an immigrant from Bosnia ) is insignificant,so are the children .The mother (Michele Moretti) who is also at odds with her generous daughter makes her self-criticism in her intervention during her own mother's funeral but it falls flat and things take off only when the protégés and Elke break into Edith Piaf 's "hymne à l'amour "

There's a big mistake in the cast!Michelle Moretti is nearing 80 and her mom ("Mamita" ) seems to be in her late eighties ,not more!

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21 November 2018 (France) See more »

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Die Kunst der Nächstenliebe See more »


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