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You kept My Life tells the extreme real tale of the fascinating Algerian con-man whose friendship with a disabled French aristocrat encouraged the record-breaking hit movie, The Intouchables.

Sellou’s fictional reincarnation, Driss, performed to severe acclaim by way of French comic Omar Sy within the motion picture Les Intouchables, captured the hearts of thousands along with his edgy charm. Already a bestseller in France and Germany, You replaced My Life exhibits us the genuine guy in the back of Sy’s smiling face. The publication takes us from his formative years spent stealing sweet from the neighborhood supermarket, to his occupation as a pickpocket and rip-off artist, to his unforeseen employment as a better half for a quadriplegic.
Sellou hasn't ever prior to divulged the main points of his prior.  In many interviews and documentaries, he has avoided or shrugged off the query of his adolescence and his remain in criminal, previously. He tells his tale with a gorgeous volume of expertise, with humor, sort, and—though he denies that he has any—humility.

Sellou’s idiosyncratic and candidly fascinating voice is magnificently captured during this memoir, a truth to which his friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo testifies in his touching preface for the book.

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You’re chicks from Algeria on a French farm! ” 3rd information flash: any further, we’ll develop up in a rustic and research the neighborhood language, yet we’re nonetheless, and should remain, what we've been in view that our first breath. All of it is a little complex for children, and I’ve already closed myself off to any highbrow attempt. My brother places his head in his palms and huddles extra heavily in the back of me. guy he’s tense . . . as for me, I don’t understand what French institution is like, yet I fast undertake the motto that I’ll use for years yet to come: we’ll move that bridge after we come to it. i used to be faraway from imagining, then, what sort of ruckus i used to be going to reason within the barnyard. I didn’t have undesirable intentions. there has been no child extra blameless than me. placed easily, if I hadn’t been Muslim, I would’ve had a halo. It was once 1975. The vehicles using up and down the street Saint-Michel have been referred to as Renault Alpine, Peugeot 304, Citroën 2CV “Deux Cheveaux,” Peugeot Talbot. The R12s have been already outdated and, if I’d needed to decide on, i might have hottest the 4L, which a minimum of wasn’t pretentious. a child may possibly move the road unaccompanied with out a cop instantly taking him into custody. town, the outside, freedom weren’t thought of harmful. after all we’d run right into a inebriated now and then, yet we assumed he’d selected to dwell that approach and so we left him by myself. not anyone felt the slightest bit to blame. Even the fewer lucky didn’t hesitate to toss him a couple of cash. within the front room of our residence, which doubled as my mom and dad’ bed room considering we arrived, my brother and that i took up all of the area, princes in bell-bottoms and high-collared shirts. at the black-and-white television monitor, a bit puny bald man shook with anger simply because he couldn’t seize Fantômas. In one other convey, he danced at the rue des Rosiers dressed up as a rabbi. I had totally no concept what a rabbi used to be or what the irony of his state of affairs used to be, yet I nonetheless enjoyed the exhibit. the 2 adults watched their new kids guffawing in loud spurts. That made them a lot happier than Louis de Funès’s gags and humorous faces did. again in that very same time, Jean-Paul Belmondo was once operating throughout rooftops in a white go well with. He inspiration he was once “Le magnifique”—I suggestion he was once nuts. I a lot most well-liked Sean Connery in his grey turtleneck. not less than his hair by no means obtained messed up—he’d pull outstanding contraptions from his wallet that bought him out of each sticky scenario and with exemplary discretion. James Bond was once real category. unfolded at the Oriental sofa, I savored every second with no caring concerning the subsequent one and not considering the previous. existence used to be as effortless as 1-2-3. In Paris, as in Algiers, my identify has stayed an analogous: Abdel Yamine. In Arabic, the basis abd skill “to revere” and el capacity “the. ” Revere the Yamine. I nibbled on dates, and Amina picked up the pits. 2 Giving kids to a brother or sister who doesn’t have any was—and nonetheless is—common perform in African cultures, no matter if they’re black or North African. In these households, you’re born to a mom and dad, in fact, yet you simply turn into the kid of the full relations, and the kin is gigantic.

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