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Films for schools: Kinepolis’s suggestions

Cycle on “disabilities, a life lesson”

Whether it is to add dynamism to a French lesson or hold a debate in the context of citizenship classes, Kinepolis offers you a cycle of films for schools centred around disabilities: 3 feature films to spread over a term or a year, touching on men whose lives are completely changed, and they are forced to make adjustments to their dreams.

“Itouchables” by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano (2011)

The first film for schools in the “disabilities” cycle suggested by Kinepolis is “Intouchables” – a film that has won numerous awards including the César for Best Actor for Omar Sy. This feature film is inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo.

Driss (Omar Sy) is hired as a caregiver for Philippe, after the latter becomes a quadriplegic following a paragliding accident. On the one hand, we have a young man from the suburbs, fresh out of prison; on the other, there’s a wealthy aristocrat (François Cluzet). As time passes, these two characters gradually grow accustomed to one another, as their worlds, and worldviews, collide, and a profound and unique friendship is forged.

“Patients” by Grand Corps Malade (2017)

The second film for schools in the “disabilities” series from Kinepolis is “Patients”, a film that resonates strangely with the life of its director, Grand Corps Malade…

Carried magnificently by Pablo Pauly, the film traces Ben’s arrival at a rehabilitation centre following a serious accident. Deeply invested in his basketball team, he realises as the days go by that he must “adapt his dream”, just as his new friends – quadriplegics, paraplegics, or people who have suffered cranial trauma – have done.     This rebirth is accompanied by tears, laugh-out-loud moments, victories and defeats, but also to some new people in Ben’s life…

“De toutes nos forces” (The Finishers) by Nils Tavernier (2014)

The third film for schools about disabilities, seen as a lesson in life by Kinepolis, is “De toutes nos forces” (The Finishers). The film explores family relationships and the achievement of a dream.

On the one hand, there’s Julien, an adolescent in a wheelchair who dreams only of adventure and powerful sensations; on the other, there’s his father Paul, an absent father, who runs away from his responsibilities through fear of not being good enough.    In the middle is Claire, Julien’s mother, who is trying to keep her family afloat. On an impulse, Julien challenges his father to compete together in the ‘Ironman’ triathlon in Nice: an event that will change their lives!

Films for schools with Kinepolis in the time of Covid-19

Faced as we are with this unprecedented public health crisis, Kinepolis is adhering strictly to the protocol in effect to ensure that cinema-goers are completely safe inside its cinemas. For example, when entering the cinema, the pupils and teachers will be required to sanitize their hands, wear a mask at all times and maintain a distance of 2 metres between one another.  In this spirit, Kinepolis is issuing tickets that have numbers on them.

Naturally, we are taking any changes to the Covid-19 protocol into account and we are adapting its requirements depending on the dates on which the films for schools are screened.

In a similar vein to its “Disabilities” cycle, Kinepolis regularly organises cycles of films for schools centred around various themes that directly affect school pupils (the environment, harassment, etc.). Needless to say, the team also welcomes your own ideas and suggestions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, so that we can discuss them together and make specific plans for your upcoming school trips!


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