Previous page. Photo: Henning Kaiser . It’s not that Sellou wasn’t all-too-well acquainted with everything that did not work in Pozzo’s paralyzed body. This is emphasized in the movie as we see Dell (Kevin Hart) humming along to, Philippe and Abdel Documentary & Related Videos, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Abdel would then explain that the reason they were speeding was because Philippe was having a seizure. There have to have been darker parts to this part of the story, but the author never dwells on them. I cry because I am in actual pain, not because I'm sad." What Our Readers Are Saying Share your thoughts on this title! Not that the author doesn’t tell plenty of stories on himself, because he certainly does. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo es un empresario francés que dirigió la compañía Pommery, reconocida marca de champagne francés, y creció en un palacete de la rue de l'Université de París. "I would be very sad if I had succeeded in killing myself 19 years ago, because I have enjoyed the 19 years that came after that," he told The Telegraph in 2012. Review: The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth + Giveaway, Q&A with Author Linda Lael Miller + Giveaway, Review: The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr + Giveaway, Review: A New Hope by Robyn Carr + Giveaway, Review: The Best of Us by Robyn Carr + Giveaway, Review: Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr + Giveaway, Review: Leonard by William Shatner with David Fisher, Review: The World Between Two Covers by Ann Morgan, Review: The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick, Review: For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones, Review: The Great Quake by Henry Fountain, Review: A Plunder of Souls by D.B. He ended up staying for over ten years in a job he never expected to take, and remained as Pozzo’s unpaid caregiver thereafter. It’s that Sellou never seems to have let it stop him from pushing whatever boundaries could be pushed so that Pozzo was able to get outside of himself as much as possible, which turned out to often be a surprising amount. It’s already been a movie, The Intouchables, filmed in France where the real story takes place. Sellou's idiosyncratic and candidly charming voice is magnificently captured in this memoir, a fact to which his friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo testifies in his touching preface for the book. Une histoire totalement improbable, basée sur des faits pourtant réels. He remains close to Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who lives in Morocco with his second wife and two children. Many of the wild things that Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart's characters do in the movie were inspired by the real-life exploits of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his caretaker Abdel Sellou. It never happened. -The Telegraph. At the same time, his wife was dying of cancer. Both films are inspired by the the real life friendship between French businessman Philippe Pozzo Di Borgo and his French-Algerian caretaker, Abdel Sellou. As he explained in his memoir A Second Wind, he tried to commit suicide once in 1993 by wrapping his oxygen tube around his neck and jerking backwards. And he became a friend afterwards." No matter what the title, this book is kind of a cross between a buddy-movie and a bromance. The recent popular French film 'Almost best Friends' is based on the life-story and book of Sellou and di Borgo. Phillippe Pozzo di Borgo (qui a inspiré le film Intouchables) revient avec Tugdual Derville sur son rapport avec le temps depuis son accident il y a 25 ans. Writer Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his nurse and friend Abdel Sellou are pictured during a reading of di Borgo's book 'Rather Vulnerable, Rather Strong' at the Literature Festival Lit.Cologne in Cologne, Germany, 10 March 2013. "I'm disabled, but he is also a little bit disabled," said Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, the real-life individual on whom Bryan Cranston's character is based. Le Second Souffle (French Edition) by Pozzo di Borgo, Philippe (2012) Mass Market Paperback It’s also obvious from the story that the two men moved relatively quickly from an employer-employee relationship to a friendship to a partnership – even if most of Pozzo’s family and friends never fully come to trust Sellou even after years of being there for Pozzo at every hour of the day and night. However, the story existed long before either the movie or the scandal. He seems to be a character who always looks on the bright side, and does not worry much if at all about tomorrow. . At 4, he was sent to Paris to live with relatives. ", No. The recent popular French film 'Almost best Friends' is based on the life-story and book of Sellou and di Borgo. 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. -The TelegraphOne of nine children, Abdel says that he was “the devil” of his family from an early age. Similar to the movie, he was given a private apartment in Philippe’s home. "What I can tell you is that he drove like mad," said Philippe at the premiere of The Intouchables, the blockbuster French movie on which The Upside was based. He now operates a poultry farm in Algeria and has three children who call Philippe their "uncle. So, that's one stupid thing I accepted from him.". He saw himself as the king of his little corner of the world, and felt like nothing could stop him, not even jail. Ce soir, mardi 22 novembre 2011, France 2 diffusera un excellent documentaire sur les "vrais Intouchables", comprenez Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou, deux hommes que tout oppose et … Both held the reading session for the first time in Germany … “According to [his memoirs], I have changed his life," Philippe stated. (PHOTO) 23 juin 1993. These movies were based on his memoir, A Second Wind. "He was irreverent, cheeky and had an outrageous sense of humor" (Mirror Online). Yes. “Well, that’s another business decision,” Cranston told IndieWire about the choice. In 1993, French businessman (and noble) Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was severely injured in a paragliding accident, becoming a quadriplegic. And he is not the most reliable narrator, not even of his own life. Even his caretaker Abdel Sellou, who was played by French actor Omar Sy in the film, needed help. Pozzo di Borgo helped him become a better person. "It is quite common this reaction, when the pain gets too bad. Abdel even stole a Faberge egg during his job interview. Abdel Sellou and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo were two people marginalized by society: Sellou a wisecracking, unemployed immigrant, just out on parole; Pozzo a man born to wealth and privilege, recently paralyzed from the neck down after a paragliding accident. With Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, Abdel Sellou. "Abdel and I finished our collaboration when we both found our soul mates," said Philippe. Philippe described Abdel as his "guardian devil. Wealthy Corsican French businessman Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was 42 when he became a quadriplegic after a 1993 paragliding accident. Sellou tells his story with a stunning amount of talent, humor, style, and-though he denies that he has any-humility. As indicated by the photos at the top, Nicole Kidman's character in the movie, Yvonne, is based on Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's real-life female assistant, Laurence Landouc'h (pictured below, right). In fact, it is based on the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou (names changed to Phillip Lacasse and Dell Scott in the film, played by … Copyright © 2020 HistoryvsHollywood.com, CTF Media, No. This means that in real life, Philippe's first wife was alive for almost three years after his caretaker, Abdel Sellou, was hired in 1993. Publication date. Publication date. Yes. 204 pages. -The Telegraph, Yes. In his memoir, Philippe never mentions that their relationship was anything more than professional. Mostly Sellou was a thief and even a bit of a shakedown artist. Publisher. It's a neurological pain. His counselor had encouraged him to apply for the position. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo s'est remarié et a eu deux autres enfants. I needed him. The rules never applied to him. His name was changed from Abdel to Dell for the movie. Considering that the movie was supposed to have come out in October of 2017 as the Harvey Weinstein scandal was breaking, and that the movie was produced by his company and the new edition of the book was supposed to be published by his publishing company, it’s not really a surprise that things got a bit, let’s call it delayed. After his time working with Philippe came to an end, he did settle down and got married. By his own account, Sellou grew up fairly wild on the streets of Paris, becoming a thief and a con artist. Abdel Sellou (L) and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo sit next to each other during a reading session on stage in the Columbiahalle arts and concert venue in Berlin, Germany, 3 December 2012. Previous page. "Phantom pain my ass," says Philippe. Print length. Yes. In fact, it doesn't help. So he was the best person we could imagine." Willberg (January 6, 2021), Review: Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick (January 12, 2021), Review: The Secrets of Colchester Hall by Sophie Barnes (January 13, 2021), Spotlight + Excerpt: The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery (January 25, 2021). Yes. In answering the question, "How accurate is. Il s’agit de celle de Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou. I find myself wondering how some aspects of the story that seem particularly French are going to translate to American audiences. That Sellou seems to feel no bitterness at that lack of distrust is surprising. While both men are short with relatively square faces, Philippe's real-life caretaker, Abdel Sellou, is an Algerian Muslim, not a black American. In this appealing memoir, Sellou shows us the real man behind Kevin Hart's smiling face. The story that we’re left with is still interesting. "I was just interested in women as the equivalent of fast food. Sellou was an Algerian immigrant to France, having been given by his Algerian parents to his aunt and uncle in Paris when he was a child. -The Telegraph. After a long battle with cancer, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's wife Béatrice died in 1996, roughly three years after his paragliding accident. Jackson, Review: The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron + Giveaway, Review: A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon, The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-20-20, New Year New You Giveaway Hop (January 1, 2021), Review: Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. In exploring how accurate, "I was doing black-market work," Abdel Sellou told, "At the time, I was coming out of two years of hospital, intensive care and rehabilitation, and [Abdel Sellou] was coming out of nearly two years of jail," recalled Philippe. Tu as changé ma vie, Abdel Sellou, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, J'ai Lu. reading reality. Print length. Abdel Sellou Philippe Pozzo Di Stock Photos and Images (24) Page 1 of 1. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou ont été interviewés en janvier 2002 dans l'émission de Mireille Dumas Vie privée, vie publique [11]. While he never stopped making fun of the fine art (paintings) that Philippe admired, Abdel did take a liking to some of the classical music Philippe listened to. Philippe said that the fact that they were both on the fringes of society, he a disabled person and Abdel a criminal, created a common bond between them. "We finished our time together without sadness or difficulty." "He had no idea how to handle a car at 200 kilometers an hour, which he did drive with no permit, of course no driving license, for ten years. Not only didn't they get a ticket, the police would escort them to the closest hospital. Pozzo di Borgo first hired Sellou shortly after he had been released from prison. Peer deeper into The Upside true story by watching the documentary below that focuses on the relationship between Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. 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. The original title of this book was You Changed My Life, and that’s probably a more accurate description of the contents than the new title. You Changed My Life by Abdel Sellou and Philippe Pozzo Di Borgo and Caroline Andrieu available in Trade Paperback on Powells.com, also read synopsis and reviews. At the time he was hired, Abdel was 21 and Philippe 42. Aujourd'hui chef d'entreprise, il partage sa vie entre l'Algérie, la France et le Maroc, où habite désormais son ancien patron, ami et bienfaiteur, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo… One such prank saw them speed around the city in his posh car until they got pulled over by police, then Philippe would fake a seizure forcing the cops to take them to the nearest hospital. Yes. Sellou seems to have grown up without a care in the world, or perhaps a better way of describing it would be not caring much about the world or anyone else in it. I have to understand his problem, and once we both understand each other's problem, then we are in a very close confidence relationship." Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en 1 jour ou en magasin avec -5% de réduction . And it will be again – the American version is titled The Upside and seems to have been filmed in 2017, although I’m not sure it was ever in theaters. First time I tried it I was 48. His goal never seems to have been to get rich, just to get enough to last until the next day. Like his onscreen counterpart, Abdel was indeed hot-tempered and accustomed to solving disputes with his fists, something that he has since given up. This version, the one that I read, is told by the other. After interviewing around 90 people, like in the movie, Philippe knew immediately that Abdel was the one. It takes away the pain and puts me to sleep for two hours, but I wake up feeling tired. The affection and budding romance between Yvonne and Bryan Cranston's character in the movie is fictional. Download this stock image: Abdel Sellou (L) and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo sit next to each other during a reading session on stage in the Columbiahalle arts and concert venue in Berlin, Germany, 3 December 2012. He met her while on a trip to Morocco with Abdel, who also met the woman he would marry. Philippe remained in the hospital for two years before he was able to go home. He saw the world as free for the taking, and if he got caught, well, jail seems to have been mostly a vacation. "Intouchables" est un film incroyablement touchant et émouvant qui n'a laissé personne indifférent. "He didn't feel sorry for me," said Philippe. Yes. He's afraid of nothing at all, and very strong, available, and extremely generous. Pozzo et Abdel : à la vie, à l'humour ... Philippe Pozzo di Borgo prendra l'avion pour retrouver ses terres d'Essaouira, au Maroc. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo a eu un grave accident de parapente à l’âge de 42 ans, devenant paraplégique. His book A Second Wind: the true story that inspired the highly successful motion picture The Intouchables (Untouchable, UK), and his second book Tous Intouchables … And it isn’t quite as fictionalized as the original movie seems to have been. Perhaps I’ll find out if the movie ever shows up on Netflix. Il vit entre la France et la région d' Essaouira , au Maroc , où il a aujourd'hui sa résidence principale [ 10 ] . Hachette Books. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo a inspiré l'histoire du film Les Intouchables (2011) d'Eric Toledano et Olivier Nakache avec François Cluzet et Omar Sy Philippe Pozzo di Borgo October 2, 2013 Anna Chromy and the Directors of the Institute are assured that Philippe Pozzo di Borgo can be rightly considered a Conscience of our times. I attempted it because I felt guilty that I was going to be a burden on others who had to look after me," said Philippe. Tuesday for visiting Frenchman, Comte Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, an executive with Moet et Chandon. The pain we see Bryan Cranston's character endure in the movie is very much based on the real Philippe's constant battle with pain. "That may be true, but in any case, what I am certain of is that he changed mine.” -Mirror Online, Yes. "It's very real. The story of Philippe and his Algerian attendant, Abdel Sallou, was told in a 2003 documentary, A la vie, à la mort. So, he has a problem. Together, they made a game of speeding through Paris in Philippe's Rolls-Royce until the police pulled them over. Their story was also adapted in the biographical movies The Intouchables (2011), and the Indian, Argentine, and American re-makes, respectvely, Oopiri (2016), Inseparables (2016), and The Upside (2019). 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. The Algerian immigrant, then in his early 20s, was a petty criminal who came from Paris’ notorious banlieues. By age 10, he was stealing and trying to extort his schoolmates. Abdel Yasmin Sellou, who inspired Kevin Hart's character, was a career criminal from Algeria who had been in prison for nearly two years. And he was given to people who had never been parents and seem to have no idea of how to be parents. Hachette Books. Ce soir, mardi 22 novembre 2011, France 2 diffusera un excellent documentaire sur les "vrais Intouchables", comprenez Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou, deux hommes que tout oppose et … He met “Pozzo” when he was basically scamming the unemployment office. Abdel Sellou now lives in Algeria with his wife and three children, where he runs a chicken farm. I need a guy crazy enough not to be afraid of the situation. Yes. I still like women." Or it may be part of his ability to always see the sunnier side of every situation, even the terrible ones. In the decades after he lost his first wife Béatrice to cancer, Philippe remarried, tying the knot with a Muslim woman named Khadija. Scalding and corrosive. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou ont été interviewés en janvier 2002 dans l'émission de Mireille Dumas Vie privée, vie publique[11]. "This is the guy I need," Philippe recalled in an interview with The Telegraph. Information sur les propriétés de la famille passées ou présentes : Philippe Pozzo di Borgo est l'ancien dirigeant de la maison de vin de Champagne Pommery [1]. -The Telegraph, Abdel Sellou, who is renamed Dell and portrayed by Kevin Hart in the movie, worked as Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's caregiver for ten years. 204 pages. He spent his time coming up with ways to steal from the tourists who roamed the streets of Paris. No. Ils apparaissent quelques instants, à la fin du film : Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Yasmin Sellou, le « vrai » duo incarné à l'écran par François Cluzet et Omar Sy. Une clope au bec, l'un en fauteuil, l'autre debout, dans l'intimité muette des vieilles amitiés. The ways of marketing are clearly mysterious to behold. The real-life Abdel Sellou (left) and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo pictured in 2012 At the age of 42, he began the next chapter of his life - confined to a wheelchair. "I don't give a damn that he is out of jail. Abdel Sellou a quitté la délinquance pour s'improviser assistant médical d'un handicapé moteur. But this true story was originally told by only one of the partners in this bromance. Abdel Sellou participe à la saison 2014 de Secret Story , sous le secret « L'histoire de ma vie a … Qui sont Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou, les deux personnes dont l'histoire incroyable a été adaptée au cinéma et a … After completing his education, he began working in the champagne industry. Even his caretaker Abdel Sellou, who was played by French actor Omar Sy in the film, needed help. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou Documentary This documentary includes interviews with quadriplegic Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his caretaker Abdel Sellou. Language: English. -The Telegraph, Abdel Sellou, who is renamed Dell and portrayed by Kevin Hart in the movie, worked as Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's caregiver for ten years. Like in The Upside movie, they also shared a similar sense of humor. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou à la première du film, à Paris, le 18 octobre. >>> Intouchables : le remake américain est en cours de tournage et Omar Sy félicite déjà son remplaçant ! Pozzo di Borgo first hired Sellou shortly after he had been released from prison. Going to work for Pozzo was a life-altering event for both of them. In 1995 he hired Abdel Sellou, the author of this book, as his “life auxiliary” or caregiver. Directors Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano with star Omar Sy at the 2012 Lumières Awards ceremony. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! One such prank saw them speed around the city in his posh car until they got pulled over by police, then Philippe would fake a seizure forcing the cops to take them to the nearest hospital. Et Abdel Sellou a rencontré l'Autre. In turn, Philippe learned to enjoy some of the pop music that Abdel liked. The real-life Abdel Sellou (left) and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo pictured in 2012 At the age of 42, he began the next chapter of his life - confined to a wheelchair. He had been distracted by thoughts of the workers he had laid off and hadn’t been paying enough attention to what he was doing. It’s also not a very deep one, because the author skims over the surface of his life, and never seems willing to dive deeply into his thoughts or feelings. Or perhaps its that Abdel had no idea that rules or limits ever applied to him. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou talk about their books 'Ziemlich beste Freunde' and 'Einfach Freunde' during the lit. In real life, Abdel didn't play a trick on Philippe by trimming his beard into a Hitler mustache prior to going on a date. The Algerian immigrant, then in his early 20s, was a petty criminal who came from Paris’ notorious banlieues. This is the story of that friendship from Sellou’s point of view (as Pozzo has already told his version of the story in A Second Wind). Download this stock image: Abdel Sellou (L) and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo sit next to each other during a reading session on stage in the Columbiahalle arts and concert venue in Berlin, Germany, 3 December 2012. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not an American businessman. A child who was young enough to adapt but old enough to remember where he came from. Sellou's idiosyncratic and candidly charming voice is magnificently captured in this memoir, a fact to which his friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo testifies in his touching preface for the book. He was also a successful small-time conman. Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store. I'm now settled, squeezed into my new life, but I am still a man and I tell it loudly, which people don't usually. "It was unbearable because I was always in charge and then all of a sudden I was dependent, especially on a wife who was ill." Philippe says that he no longer thinks about suicide. In this appealing memoir, Sellou shows us the real man behind Kevin Hart's smiling face. "He said it would help me. Instead, they formed an unlikely but life altering and life sustaining friendship. As he was always a completely nonviolent offender, jail mostly seemed like a bit of a vacation. Celle de Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou. Yes. Pozzo di Borgo helped him become a better person. Abdel had no intentions of sticking around long helping a disabled person and his ailing wife. Abdel Sellou, who is renamed Dell and portrayed by Kevin Hart in the movie, worked as Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's caregiver for ten years. He moved from France to his wife's home country of Morocco where he currently resides. It’s also clear that this story couldn’t be told until the statute of limitations had run out on his youthful crime spree, which seems to have lasted into his 20s. Though not included in The Upside movie, Philippe has a strong faith and even had a small chapel included when he had his house built. Reality Rating B: The Upside, by whatever title, is a surprisingly quick read. Both films cast an able-bodied actor in the role of Philippe. Language: English. “According to [his memoirs], I have changed his life," Philippe stated. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, alias "Tétraman", "blindé de fric, entouré d'une armée d'assistantes en jupe plissée", des dents blanches comme le "carrelage de ma douche", qui lui apprend à voir le monde d'un autre point de vue, plus confortable. Yes. Accueil Media TV "Intouchables" : Rencontrez Philippe Pozzo di Borgo et Abdel Sellou, les personnages qui ont inspirés le film October 08, 2019 | par Quentin Autier "Intouchables" est un film incroyablement touchant et émouvant qui n'a laissé personne indifférent. Mais ce film inoubliable a été inspiré par une histoire vraie. As a result, he crashed. Publisher. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo is a Christian. The Upside true story reveals that the real-life paragliding accident happened in the Savoyard reliefs of Mont Bisanne in the Swiss Alps in 1993 when Philippe was 42. Constantly on fire. "And my wife was very sick and had a few months left to live, and we were both on our bed in bad shape. Sellou’s ability to always find a bright side seems to have been just what Pozzo needed to keep him going. The recent popular French film 'Almost best Friends' is based on the life-story and book of Sellou and di Borgo. Pozzo et Abdel : à la vie, à l'humour ... Philippe Pozzo di Borgo prendra l'avion pour retrouver ses terres d'Essaouira, au Maroc. -Le Figaro.frPhilippe and his wife have three daughters; two are hers biologically and the other they adopted. He came to pretend to apply for that job as Pozzo’s life auxiliary. 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). "That may be true, but in any case, what I am certain of is that he changed mine.” -Mirror Online. Perhaps especially of his own life. ""Back then I would not even have asked those questions about settling down," says Abdel. -The Telegraph, Abdel Sellou, who is renamed Dell and portrayed by Kevin Hart in the movie, worked as Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's caregiver for ten years. "In his case, he was socially very disabled, coming out of jail, basically. ", No. Directed by Isabelle Cottenceau, Jean-Pierre Devillers. It didn’t take long for his run-ins with the police to begin and he eventually dropped out of school. "That was true," says Philippe. -The Intouchables Premiere Interview. The Upside true story confirms that Philippe's ex-con caretaker, Abdel Sellou, only applied for the job so that he could get government support, which required him to be employed. In researching The Upside true story, we learned that Abdel was indeed a womanizer. All of Pozzo’s rich friends were certain that the conman was there to take Pozzo for a ride, and bilk him out of all the money he could manage to scam. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.