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Headliners

THE SPECIALS

(HORS NORMES)

Year 2019
Runtime 114 mins
Language French
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere

From the makers of THE INTOUCHABLES comes an inspiring story of two friends who have dedicated their lives to caring for young people with profound autism.

Filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have had the story of THE SPECIALS in mind for years. The real subjects who are the basis for the film actually care for one of Toledano's relatives, a familiarity which lends THE SPECIALS its warmth. Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb portray Bruno and Malik. Bruno's organization houses 40 teens and young adults whose symptoms are so extreme, other not-for-profits reject them. Malik's group trains young people from low-income neighbourhoods on how to become caretakers for the residents in Bruno's home. The heart of the film is the partnership the two have crafted in their devotion to serving others.

Vincent Cassel delivers one of his best performances in years and THE SPECIALS is one of the most heart-warming films of 2019.

Countries

France
Festivals
Cannes Film Festival
Director
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Executive Producer
Hervé Ruet
Producer
Nicolas Duval Adassovsky
Screenwriter
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Cinematographer
Antoine Sanier
Editor
Dorian Rigal-Ansous