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  • ISBN 13: 9781602865709
  • ISBN 10: 1602865701
  • Price: $15.99 / $20.99 CAN
  • Status: Active
  • Edition: MDT

The Upside

A Memoir of the Friendship that Inspired the Acclaimed Film

By (author) Abdel Sellou, With Caroline Andrieu, Translated by Lauren Sentuc

The true story of a charismatic Algerian con-man whose friendship with a disabled French aristocrat inspired the record-breaking hit movie The Intouchables (American remake, The Upside, starting Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, coming March 2018).

The story of Abdel Sellou's surprising friendship with aristocrat Philippe Pozzo di Borgo has been told and retold around the world-most recently in the major motion picture The Upside, with comedian and movie star Kevin Hart portraying Abdel and his edgy charm. In this appealing memoir, Sellou shows us the real man behind Kevin Hart's smiling face. The book takes us from his childhood spent stealing candy from the local grocery store, to his career as a pickpocket and scam artist, to his unexpected employment as a companion for a quadriplegic. Sellou tells his story with a stunning amount of talent, humor, style, and-though he denies that he has any-humility.

"The screenplay...cleverly uses the structure of a romantic comedy to frame the (platonic) friendship between two very different men... Their interaction is defined by feelings of love and amity... This is a buddy movie where the friendship doesn't play second fiddle to overblown action or raunchy comedy."
—James Berardinelli, Reel Views

"If you're looking for a lightweight summer change of pace, with just a smidgen of Continental flair, here it is."
—James O'Hehir, Salon

"You will laugh; you will cry."
—A. O. Scott, The New York Times

"It's Earth Wind & Fire vs. Vivaldi. It's weed vs. wine. It's the classic odd-couple buddy movie setup, only it'll pull at your heartstrings, whether you want it too or not."
—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Believe the hype-this irreverent take on disability is charming and uplifting."
—Dayla Alberge, The Guardian

"It's an opposites-attract, getting-to-know-you buddy comedy with a tender edge and a sweet center."
—Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

"Irreverent and uplifting... it's an unabashedly lighthearted story of transcending socioeconomic, racial and class barriers and finding commonality in humor and honesty... The film's infectious vitality has us hooked... It's a defiantly feel-good story."
—Claudia Puig, USA Today

Abdel Sellou now lives in Algeria with his wife and three children, where he runs a chicken farm. He remains close to Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who lives in Morocco with his second wife and two children.

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