With five nominations for the Golden Globes, including one for the title of best comedy, best actor and best supporting role, it could be one of the big winners of Sunday’s ceremony. Walked away with the audience prize of the Toronto film festival, Green Book: on the roads of the South is one of those movies that are good for the soul and casts a wind of optimism in humanity and its ability to change. Accustomed to comedies a little fat such as Mary at any price , Peter Farrelly surprises in rising with tenderness and humor, the improbable friendship between the composer of jazz Don Shirley and his driver, at the option of a tour in the segregated south of the United States in the 1960s.

waiting for its release in France on January 23, Le Figaro offers you a extract entirely new kind of road-trip. It honors Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, and could be a challenger serious to the Oscars which will be held on the next February 24.

Drawn, therefore, from a true story, Green Book: on the roads of the South recounts the journey of a bouncer italo-american hired as a driver by the pianist virtuoso african-american Gift Shirley. The green paper of the title refers to a tourist guide, listing the few hotels and restaurants in the south of the United States accepting clients black.

The artist in front of the driver boor

Born into a family of immigrants from jamaica, Don Shirley played by Mahershala Ali (oscar winner for Moonlight ) is a character cultivated in the English punished and kept neat, ill-prepared to face the racism of the South. High in the streets and bars of New York, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, played by Viggo Mortensen ( the Lord of The Rings, Captain Fantastic ), is uncouth. He knows how to handle the curse and fists to be heard. Their life together starts on a wrong foot but they are going to mutually get to know each other, help each other and understand each other, abandoning their prejudices of each.

The scenario is a collaboration between Peter Farrelly and the grandson of Tony. In a second life, the chauffeur will become an actor, appearing in The Godfather and the series The sopranos .