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|Originaltitel:||Un Homme pressé|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 100 min.|
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Alain Wapler (Fabrice Luchini) lives for his work. He rushes from one appointment to the next, leisure is a foreign word for him. He accepts the fact that he has completely alienated himself from his daughter as well as the very unhealthy physical strain. One day he receives a receipt for it: a stroke forces him to his knees, speech and memory disorders make it almost impossible to "continue like this". But Alain fights her way back into life with the help of the young speech therapist Jeanne (Leïla Bekhti). But his intention to get back at the forefront of his work and to spend more time with his daughter turns out to be more difficult than expected…
".The Second Life of Monsieur Alain" is based on the autobiography of Christian Streiff, former CEO of the automobile manufacturer Peugeot-Citroën, who was forced to change his life completely after a stroke. Director Hervé Mimran has spun a quiet comedy from this true background, which shines above all with its wonderful leading actor Fabrice Luchini. The versatile mime manages absolutely convincingly to portray the transformation from a hypothermic workhorse to a charming man who wants to lead his newly found life a little more worth living than before. Although he was not the most sympathetic person in former times, one wishes him not only to lead an independent life, but also to reconcile with his daughter.
Luchini is supported by a well chosen ensemble. Especially Leïla Bekhti as speech therapist Jeanne has the sympathies of the audience quickly on her side. The small side story about a possible romance between her and Alain's nurse is very charmingly realized and just makes the viewer happy. This actually also applies to the dramaturgy of the film, even though it seems a bit constructed in the last act. The last conflict between Alain and his daughter is unbelievably predictable and unfortunately also very unimaginative. But somehow it's hard to blame the movie for such weaknesses.
Surely, "The Second Life of Monsieur Alain" really isn't a great masterpiece. For that, the story is told too much according to scheme F. But to be honest: That's exactly why the film works so well. He is simply nice and offers an entertaining escape from reality with beautiful moments of well-being. Some viewers may lack the depth, but those who simply want to feel good and those who like French entertainment cinema of the easy kind will be well served here. Exactly therefore there is also a more than deserved one: Worth seeing!
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