Directed by Jean-Pierre Sinapi, starring Nadia Kaci, Oliver Gourmet, Lionel Abelanski, Chantal Neuwirth, Julien Boisselier and Nadine Marcovici.
'Uneasy Riders' is set in a home for people with disabilities, where 50-year old René (Olivier Gourmet) is the scourge of the centre's carers. Irritable, ungrateful and frighteningly profane, René's refusal to cooperate with management makes him something of an idol for his fellow residents. When new nurse Julie (Nadia Kaci) arrives at the home she is immediately assigned to the detestable René. Initially appalled by his manic spleen venting, Julie soon learns to cope with the wheelchair-bound diabetic, but wishes she could help him more. As it turns out, she can.
René's one wish is to make love to a woman before his wasting disease makes it impossible. Beseeched by René, Julie sets out to find a prostitute willing to satisfy his lust. She soon finds one on the notorious Route Nationale 7. What follows is a bizarre comedy of attitudes to sex and disability, where the viewer's preconceptions are startlingly subverted. The motley crew of characters on offer highlight both the similarities and the contrasts between the disabled characters and their able-bodied counterparts.
Based on a true story, 'Uneasy Riders' is a refreshing, provocative and often hilarious tale of desire and reality, and the conundrum of how to satisfy the two. The film challenges all of our pre-conceptions about disability and sex, while its visceral, black humour staves off the blight of sentimentality. The performances are uniformly excellent, while director Jean-Pierre Sinapi's decision to shoot the film digitally (whether chosen for financial or style reasons) complements the gritty realism of the subject matter.