Some friends are only really your friends because you were somehow thrown together at a certain time in your life that offered you a chance to start a new friendship, but the opportunity for longevity was really never there. Other friends are created through your job or your hobbies, or your family and other friends and some friends just seem to sprout out of the most unlikely of places.
There are friends that you have that aren't really friends at all, these are the friends that are actually pretty hard work, everyone knows what I'm talking about, we have all had a friend like this. These friends are constantly making you work for their friendship without much in return, or even worse there's the soul sucking 'friend' that only wants you around when the shit hits the fan and they need you to hold their hand and listen to their woes for hours on end.
I have had so many friends come and go in my life that I couldn't even hazard a guess at a number. I have invested time and energy into people that were truly a waste of my time, I have pursue friendships with people that clearly didn't want me in their lives and I have also been lucky to enough to get some really amazing friends along the way.
Just recently an old friend that I was 'besties' with in my teen years re-emerged into my life. Clearly, neither of us are the same people that we were when we were fifteen, but we have managed to re-ignite a friendship based on similar lifestyles and a knowledge of each others pasts. It feels a lot like I am getting to know her all over again which is strange and fascinating territory.
Some friends, if you're lucky, are tried and tested, in it for the long haul and are giving and taking in equal measure. These are the best friends that a person can hope for, they are rare gems but they do exist. I am blessed with good people like this in my life. I have had my good friends come to my emotional rescue, share my trials and tribulations and best of all share their time with me.
The fact of the matter is that we all need friends, we all need someone to share our thoughts with without feeling judged or worried that our confidence will be betrayed. I hope that I have been as a good a friend to by special mates as they have been to me, because I know that I would be lost without them. And regardless of whether my friends have just come or long gone in my life, they have all in some way shaped me as a person, offered me some perspective and more than likely shared a drink and a laugh with me at some point, 'cos that's what friends are for and I'm damn glad I've got them.
Release Date: 2011
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 112 mins
This French drama-comedy directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano became the second biggest box office success in France, and soon made it's way into the hearts of millions across the globe for its powerful story about friendship.
Phillipe is a wealthy, intellectual and unhappy quadriplegic that is looking for a carer. He happens across the charismatic and street smart Driss in an interview and decides to give him a chance. After a short trial period, Phillipe and Driss become fast friends and Driss teaches Phillipe that there are still things in this world worth living for.
I think that the reason that people loved this movie so much was because it gave the audience permission to laugh with, not at, people with disabilities and see there lives in a new and intimate light. I liked the banter and antics between the two protagonists as they engaged in their newly found bromance, the interactions felt unforced and quite natural.
I enjoyed this movie immensely, it's really touching and humorous stuff.
FINAL SAY: We listened to your classics, now it's time to listen to mine.
3.5 Chili Peppers