Specials (2019), by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano – Criticism

Without being a masterpiece, it is a recommended film that correctly shows the world of autism and awakens the social conscience of those who live in other worlds.

Two middle-aged French men of different creeds, Bruno and Malik, they embark on a commendable project that is to create non-profit associations to help autistic children and adolescents. They welcome and protect these children who have been rejected in the regulated institutions and take care of them with all their energy and goodwill giving them the support they have not obtained in other ways. To do this, they use a group of caregivers who are, in turn, young people from slums who need a job. As a result of the good work of Bruno Y MalikThere are many families who are relieved, benefited and grateful for the project of these two good men who, above their personal and family life, place these kids. On the other hand and unfortunately, we see the closure of the institutional bureaucracy and the legislation that often closes doors to activities as laudable as these.

The film is full of kindness and love of neighbor without sweeteners or cursillers (detail that I personally appreciate) and, being based on a real and recent story, one realizes that perhaps decent and compassionate people may continue to exist in a society increasingly dehumanized and selfish as we suffer daily. The tape can remind us of something to Champions, but it is more raw than the Spanish film: the colors, the environments and the characters are darker and, not for that reason, lacking in light. The film does not try to provoke an easy tear in the viewer, but quite the opposite: to realize that there are very hard realities, parallel to ours, that we ignore and to which we turn our backs too often.

The tape is full of goodness and love of neighbor without sweeteners or cursilerías.

Used to Vincent Cassel as a beau, it seemed strange to see him in this very tender role but, the truth is that he immediately persuades the viewer because at no time he impales, but he conquers. A mature man, with courage and with humanitarian ideals does not have to be a blandengue and so is Bruno's character: determined, without gingerbreads and who throws eggs (you'll see why I say this) to the matter. Therefore, Cassel convinces and his character too. Malik (Reda Kateb), on the other hand, acts fluently becoming a luxury secondary. It also has its character, but with a very own personality that differs substantially from that of Bruno. Finally, the performance of Benjamin Lesieur who plays Joseph, one of the autistic boys with a particular comic that causes more than one smile and the occasional laughter contained.

Without being a masterpiece, it is a recommended film that correctly shows the world of autism and awakens the social conscience of those who live in other worlds. Convenient tape, among other things, so that we realize how lucky we are. Go see it because it is worth it, and may God keep the "specials" and the people who care for them.


Synopsis It tells the true story of Stephane Benhamou and Daoud Tatou, two friends of different religious beliefs who, 20 years ago, created a non-profit organization to help autistic children and adolescents.
country France
Address Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Script Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Music Grandbrothers
Photography Antoine Sanier
Distribution Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb, Aloïse Sauvage, Hélène Vincent, Bryan Mialoundama, Alban Ivanov, Benjamin Lesieur, Marco Locatelli, Catherine Mouchet, Frédéric Pierrot, Suliane Brahim, Lyna Khoudri, Djibril Yoni, Ahmed Abdel Laoui, Darren Muselet, Sophie Garric
Gender Drama
Duration 114 min.
Original title Hors normes
Premiere 02/28/2020

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