Dir. Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano, 2019, France, Belgium, 114 min, DCP, color
With Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb, Hélène Vincent
In French with English subtitles
Nominated for six César Awards in 2020
Closing Night Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2019
This heartfelt comic drama from the directing duo behind The Intouchables uncovers problems in the French medical system. For twenty years, Bruno (Vincent Cassel) and Malik (Reda Kateb) have been living and working in the world of autistic children and teenagers. They are committed to training young adults who care for these “extremely complex cases”. Bruno and Malik are frustrated by the lack of consistent funding and institutional support for those in need in this feel-good and thoughtful comedy based on real-life individuals.
“‘The Specials’ is a rare film that comes both from the heart and reality: it’s a potent mix which allows access to a hidden subject yet welcomes the audience in with grace and humour.” — Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International