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Patients (Lieber Leben)

OUT NOW! PATIENTS is a slyly humorous ode to courage and one of the most promising French debuts this year.

This debut feature from French slam poet Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir is directly based on the former’s own story of paralysis and physical re-education following a life-altering accident. Patients is a deeply humane and eye-opening drama about disability, one which sidesteps easy pathos and features committed performances from the cast as a whole. Bolstered by Grand Corps Malade and Fadette Drouard’s often understated and slyly humorous screenplay, the first-time directors convincingly convey the message that when it comes to tragedy and hardship, no one gets there on their lonesome. All in all, a powerful ode to courage that is well worth your time and stands as one of this year’s most promising French first features.

Patients | Directed by Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir (France, 2017) with Pablo Pauly, Soufiane Guerrab, Moussa Mansaly. Starts December 14

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