Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own.
Immigrant, ex-con Driss needs a signature on his application to fulfill unemployment requirements.
Philippe hires Driss because the regular applicants are missing one important quality and the lives of both men are changed.
This sounds like a predictable enough plot except it is played as a sympathetic comedy. Philipe doesn't want pity. Driss has irrepressible honesty and humor that changes the dynamic of many scenes from what we expect to see. They make each other laugh. They enrich each other's lives. They broaden each other's worlds.
It is based on a true story. The original Philippe turned down several movie offers until these filmmakers presented him with this comedic script. After watching the movie I can see why. There are moments of both pathos and comedy for both men. Neither is perfect and each is untouchable in his own way. It shows that no matter our handicaps, life goes on. We choose how to live it.