The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960's Britain. Nigel Slater
Nigel Slater (born 9 April 1958) is an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for over a decade and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Prior to this, Slater was food writer for Marie Claire for five years. He also serves as art director for his books.More
Five old friends decide to move in together as an alternate to living in a retirement home; joining them is an ethnology student whose thesis is on the aging population.
Vijf goede vrienden op leeftijd, vijf verschillende karakters. Claude is een vrouwenliefhebber. Het koppel Annie en Jean zijn twee tegengestelden; hij is een politiek activist, zij houdt van het rijke conventionele leven. Dan is er nog de feministe Jeanne en Albert is onbezorgd en vol levenslust. Zij zijn vijf oude vrienden en hebben allen verschillende problemen met het ouder worden. De een ervaart dat zijn passie afneemt, de ander verbergt een ernstige ziekte. Weer een ander merkt niets van het feit dat zijn geheugen een loopje met hem neemt. De vijf hebben een goede oplossing om gezamenlijk de problemen van het ouder worden onder ogen te zien: samenwonen.
After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.
Sinds haar tienerjaren heeft Ah Tao als dienster gewerkt voor de familie Leung. Nu, na zestig jaar dienst, is Roger het enige familielid dat nog in Hong Kong is gebleven en voor wie ze altijd heeft gezorgd. Op een dag komt Roger thuis van zijn werk en blijkt dat Ah Tao een beroerte heeft gehad. Ze geeft aan haar werk op te willen geven en wordt in een bejaardentehuis geplaatst. Rogers moeder komt op bezoek vanuit Californië en Roger vertelt haar hoezeer hij aan Ah Tao gehecht is geraakt. Zijn moeder stelt voor Ah Tao een eigen appartement te geven, maar intussen gaat de gezondheid van Ah Tao sterk achteruit.
Marcel Marx, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty, his favourite bar and his not too profitable profession as a shoeshiner. As Arletty suddenly becomes seriously ill, Marcel's path crosses with an underage illegal immigrant from Africa. Marcel and friendly neighbors and other townspeople help to hide him from the police, and they arrange and pay for an illegal trip by boat to immigrate into England. The police officer in charge of finding the boy eventually finds him in the boat, but allows him to escape.
The movie relates the development of the improbable friendship between Philippe, a wealthy tetraplegic, and Driss, a young and poor man from the ghettos, who is hired as his live-in carer.
The film begins at night in Paris. Driss is driving Philippe's Maserati Quattroporte at full speed, with Philippe in the front passenger's seat. They are soon chased by the police. "I bet you 100 euros I shake them off," Driss tells his passenger. When they are caught, Driss, unfazed, doubles his bet with Philippe, convinced they will get an escort. In order to get away with his speeding, Driss claims the tetraplegic Philippe must be urgently driven to the emergency room; Philippe pretends to have a stroke and the fooled police eventually escort them to the hospital. The two men are jubilant. As the police leave them at the hospital Driss says "Now let me take care of it," and they drive off.
The story of the two men is then told as a flashback, which occupies most of the film.
Philippe, a rich tetraplegic who owns a luxurious Parisian mansion, is interviewing, along with his assistant Magalie, to recruit a live-in carer to help him. Driss, a candidate, has no ambitions to get hired. He is just there to get a signature showing he was interviewed and rejected in order to continue to receive his welfare benefits. He is extremely casual and shamelessly flirts with Magalie. He is told to come back the next morning to get his signed letter. Driss goes back to the tiny flat that he shares with his extended family in a bleak Parisian suburb. His aunt, exasperated from not hearing from him for six months, orders him to leave the flat.
The next day, Driss returns to Philippe's mansion and learns to his surprise that he is on a trial period for the live-in carer job. He learns the extent of Philippe's disability and then accompanies Philippe in every moment of his life, discovering with astonishment a completely different lifestyle. A friend of Philippe's reveals Driss's criminal record which includes six months in jail for robbery. Philippe states he does not care about Driss's past as long as he does his current job properly.
Over time, Driss and Philippe become closer. Driss dutifully takes care of his boss, who frequently suffers from phantom pain. Philippe discloses to Driss that he became disabled following a paragliding accident and that his wife died without bearing children.
Gradually, Philippe is led by Driss to put some order in his private life, including being more strict with his adopted daughter Elisa, who behaves like a spoiled child with the staff. Driss discovers modern art, opera, and art, and even takes up painting.
For Philippe's birthday, a private concert of classical music is performed in his living room. At first very reluctant, Driss is led by Philippe to listen more carefully to the music and opens up to Philippe's music. Driss then plays the music he likes to Philippe (Earth, Wind & Fire).
Driss discovers that Philippe has a purely epistolary relationship with a woman called Eleonore, who lives in Dunkirk. Driss encourages him to meet her but Philippe fears her reaction when she discovers his disability. Driss eventually convinces Philippe to talk to Eleonore on the phone. Philippe agrees with Driss to send a photo of him in a wheelchair to her, but he hesitates and asks his aide, Yvonne, to send a picture of him as he was before his accident. A date between Eleonore and Philippe is agreed. At the last minute Philippe is too scared to meet Eleonore and leaves with Yvonne before Eleonore arrives. Philippe then calls Driss and invites him to travel with him in his private jet for a paragliding weekend. Philippe gives Driss an envelope containing 11,000 euros, the amount he was able to get for Driss's painting, which he sold to one of his friends by saying it was from an up-and-coming artist.
Adama, the younger brother of Driss, who is in trouble with a gang, takes refuge in Philippe's mansion. Driss opens up to Philippe about his family and his past. Philippe recognizes's Driss's need to support his family and advises him, who "may not want to push a wheelchair all his life", to seek work elsewhere.
Driss returns to his suburbs, joining his friends, and manages to help his little brother. Due to his new professional experience, he lands a job in a transport company. In the meantime Philippe has hired carers to replace Driss, but he isn't happy with any of them. His morale is very low and he stops taking care of himself. Yvonne becomes worried and contacts Driss, who arrives and decides to drive Philippe in the Maserati, which brings the story back to the first scene of the film, the police chase. After they have eluded the police, Driss takes Philippe straight to the seaside. They arrive at a restaurant with a great view of the ocean. Driss suddenly leaves the table and says good luck to Philippe for his lunch date. Philippe does not understand, but a few seconds later Eleonore arrives. Philippe looks outside and sees Driss through the window, smiling at him. Source
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