the upside film - the best story


The story: An unemployed black man becomes the caregiver, and ultimately the friend, of a rich, quadriplegic white man.


In the French-speaking world, we already know the story of The Upside, an American adaptation of the film The Untouchables, a huge success of 2011 that launched the career of Omar Sy.

Feel-good movie, inspired by a true story, where a black man in the ditch becomes the caregiver of a rich white quadriplegic man, and with whom he will develop a friendship despite their differences.

It's no wonder Hollywood has sniffed the bargain, but pretty much everything is playing against this film right now: the Weinstein house that had to part with it in the wake of the #metoo scandal, Kevin Hart entangled in the controversy of his homophobic remarks that cost him the job of host of the next Academy Awards, but more importantly, times have changed.


Do you know the "Magic Black" theory? It is this character of a black man who comes to the aid and restores a taste of life to a white man, a recurring character, cliché and increasingly decried of American cinema, from Sidney Poitier in The Channel to Eddie Murphy in Trading Places to Morgan Freeman in Batman.

In 2011, The Untouchables, despite its success, it already appeared somewhat dated compared to American films on the same theme, and its adaptation, which avoids too much the sensitive points of the racial issue in the United States, gives an impression of anachronistic strangeness, when films like Black Panther, Get Out or If Beale Street Could Talk are completely changing the game or that a film like Green Book, currently starring, tries to reverse the black movies.

Well directed, worn by talented actors (Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman), The Upside is not a failure in its form; it is only that his scenario is no longer at all in tune with the times.

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