The Intouchables (2012)
Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a millionaire quadriplegic who needs a caretaker. As he is interviewing a young French African, Driss (Omar Sy), there to to supposedly interview bursts in and simply requests that Philippe simply sign his form to prove he was there and can receive his government benefit. But Philippe sees something in Driss and asks him to return the next morning and offers him a trial. Impressed with his surroundings Driss decides to stay. The two get on well for two from different worlds. Driss challenges Philippe and offers him a new and exciting life that he previously hadn’t had. And Philippe educates Driss and gives him a new life. Also starring Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Alba Gaia Kraghede Bellugi, Cyril Mendy, Salimata Kamate, Absa Diatou Toure.
The Intouchables is an irreverent comedy/drama about an impossible life-changing friendship. Based on a true story, The Intouchables is a human interest story with heart and a sense of humor. I always enjoy a film that while a drama doesn’t take itself too seriously and this is definitely one. Critics knocked it for being too light considering the subject but poo on them, they just have a stick up their butts. This is a successful, charming and heart warming film and I doubt they would have taken too many liberties with the relationship of the main characters so let life show itself is what I have to say to them. The performances of Francois and Omar are fabulous. They have a natural chemistry that makes it all believable. While not innovative, everything about this film is straight forward and honest and it is refreshing.
8/10 Stars – You have to be heartless to not appreciate this unexpectedly enjoyable drama.
The Intouchables is the kind of foreign film that is easy to watch. The story is simple and sweet, but then again, that is its biggest downfall. The story is too safe. What I mean by that is there is little conflict. There is little controversy and little to stir the inner emotions. Sure it’s a feel good story and the casual viewer will enjoy the watch as I did, but I could have gone for more drama. I’ve branched out over the last year or so into the mindset of other filmmakers in other countries, and I must say, this is one of the “foreign films” that feels “normal.” For a movie that is based on true events, it probably is handcuffed with the story because they didn’t want to just make stuff up, but I wish they had a little. Still, it’s worth the watch especially with a good looking redhead!
7/10 Stars – Simple, plain but heart-felt. A nice change of pace since it is French.
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