Get Well Soon Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist
Get Well Soon

The Premise
Pierre, a sixty-year-old technician on an offshore oil rig, has become a misanthropic loner. One day he is the victim of a strange accident and finds himself immobilised in a hospital bed. Pierre is horrified but what he doesn’t know yet is that this hated hospital room will gradually become the place of his return to life.

The Review
Over the years I have loved me some French films. There have been plenty of great comedies that have made us laugh and moved us along the way. When I think back to films like The Dinner Game and The Intouchables, I can’t help but feel good about them. I also fondly remember the film Conversations With My Gardener, so when I saw that Get Well Soon came from the same film maker I certainly got excited. Jean Becker has a wonderful ability of creating an endearing connection between the characters within his stories. In his previous films it has been one of the central components to each story.

Here we find a man who wakes to find himself in a hospital bed and very little recollection of how he got there. As he realises his own injuries and the days in hospital turn to weeks, his isolation from his normal life ends up becoming the catalyst to building new connections that will in turn help him to find himself. This simple and yet powerful idea is well executed and it is through the brilliant performances from a great cast that it all comes together. Each actor plays their part in bringing the sense of drama and compassion with a delicate touch. I think that is often one of the hallmarks of great films; each actor softly adding to the overall feel. This concept of ensemble cast ends up with a powerful value that is so much more than the sum of its parts.

The Verdict
A great story that in its realism and simplicity delivers a great story of finding yourself in the moments that were considered lost.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 2nd April 2015
Rating: M – Contains offensive language
Duration: 81 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: GĂ©rard Lanvin, Fred Testot, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Swann Arlaud
Director: Jean Becker (Conversations with My Gardener, Welcome Abroad)