Certainly! There might not be an extensive list of French films where the lead is in a wheelchair, but here are some French films where characters with disabilities, specifically in wheelchairs, play significant roles:
- Intouchables (The Intouchables) (2011) – This is probably the most famous French film featuring a lead character in a wheelchair. It’s about the unlikely friendship between Philippe, a quadriplegic millionaire, and Driss, a young man from the projects who becomes his caregiver.
- Roues libres (Rolling to You) (2018) – A romantic comedy where the lead, who pretends to be paralyzed to approach a woman in a wheelchair, finds himself in a tricky situation when she falls for him.
- La Tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte) (2010) – Not the main character, but an important one: Margueritte is an old woman who often uses a wheelchair, and she forms a bond with a semi-literate man.
- De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) (2012) – While the lead character is not in a wheelchair, the female lead played by Marion Cotillard becomes an amputee, which represents a form of physical disability.
- Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007) – The film tells the real-life story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn’t paralyzed.
- Patients (2016) – The film is a semi-autobiographical account of the life of Fabien Marsaud, aka Grand Corps Malade, who experienced a severe accident in his youth and had to spend considerable time in a rehabilitation center to recover mobility.